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Bites Fil Beit: Batates mahsheya bel lahma mafrooma

We love food. We love the real, down to earth, tried-and-tested, handed-down-through-the-generations, local Egyptian food. Here is your chance to learn how to make these local delicacies in your own home. And just so you know what to ask for, we have added how to say the ingredients in Arabic. No more excuses, off to the souq!

Bites Fil BeitStuffed potatoes with minced meat


  • 1/2 kg minced meat – lah-ma maf-roo-ma
  • 1 kg potatoes – ba-ta-tes
  • 2 onions, chopped – ba-sal
  • 3 tomatoes – ta-ma-tam
  • tomato paste – sal-set ta-ma-tam
  • salt and pepper – malh and fel-fel
  • oil – zeit


Preparing minced meat stuffing

  • Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan. Stir in one onion until yellow. Add the minced meat and stir well, season with salt and pepper. Cover the pan and leave to cook.
  • Blend the tomatoes in a blender with 1/2 cup of water. Dissolve the tomato paste in a cup of water.
  • Heat two tablespoons of oil in a saucepan. Add the second onion, stirring well until golden brown. Add the blended tomatoes and tomato paste and salt and pepper. Leave to simmer for a couple of minutes.

 Preparing potatoes

  • Peel the potatoes and cut out the inside. Fry the potatoes in oil until golden and then fry insides that you took out.
  • Heat the oven to 180C.
  • Stuff each potato with about one tablespoon of meat stuffing.
  • In a baking dish, arrange the inside parts of potatoes at bottom of the dish. Arrange the stuffed potatoes on top of the insides, facing upwards.
  • Pour the tomato sauce over the stuffed potatoes. Place the dish in the oven and bake for half an hour.
  • Serve while hot in the same dish.

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