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Bites Fil Beit: Batatas bel boharat- Potatoes with herbs and spices

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 Beit


  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into wedges – ba-ta-tas
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil – zeit za-toon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika – pa-pree-ka
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano – za’-tar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper – fel-fel es-wed
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper(optional) – bod-ret shat-ta
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon – er-fa
  • oil cooking spray – spray zeit
  • salt – malh 


  • Preheat the oven.
  • Spread a sheet of aluminum foil on the bottom of a pan and spray with olive oil spray
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon, cayenne pepper on the aluminum foil and set aside
  • Cut the potatoes into large wedges and place in a bowl. Coat with olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  • Arrange the potato wedges in the pan and sprinkle with the paprika, oregano, and black pepper and cover the pan.
  • Set the oven to medium heat and bake the potatoes for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Uncover the pan and bake for another 15 minutes or until the potatoes are brown.
  • Serve with some garnish of tomatoes and green pepper.



You can use a blend of any herbs or spices you prefer.



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