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Bites Fil Beit Ramadan: Ferakh bel asal eswed – Chicken with molasses

day and consists of an array of dishes. Traditionally the meal starts with juice, to prepare the stomach for the feast that is to come, and a savoury soup. Appetisers are up next, followed by a main course and a sweet dessert completes the meal. Iftars are meant to be shared and inviting your close friends and family for a home-cooked dinner-cum-breakfast can be daunting. But not to worry; during the month we will be giving you suggestions for full menus for light meals because of the warm days, accompanied with a complete recipe for one of the dishes.

Bites Fil BeitDrink:                    Dates with milk

Soup:                    Cabbage soup

Salad:                    Beet salad

Appetiser:           Meat rolls with vegetables

Main course:      Chicken with black honey


Dessert:               Egyptian sweet rokak



  • 1 medium chicken, cut in 4 or 8 parts – fe-rakh
  • 1/2 cup molasses – a’-sal es-wed
  • 4 boiled potatoes, cooked semi-tender, sliced thickly – ba-ta-tes
  • 2 tbsp vinegar – ghal
  • 1/4 tbsp nutmeg – go-zit el-teeb
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon – er-fa
  • 1/4 tbsp ginger powder – gan-za-beel na-shef
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract – va-nil-ya sai-la
  • 1/2 tbsp rosemary, chopped – rose-ma-ry
  • 4 tbsp corn oil – zeit dor-a
  • 1 lemon, sliced – la-moon
  • salt and pepper – malh and fel-fel



  • Add the vinegar, molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, 2 tbsp oil, salt and pepper to a big bowl.
  • Add the chicken to the mixture and stir well to coat completely on all sides and set aside.
  • Place the potatoes, rosemary, the rest of the oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well.
  • Heat the oven on 180C.
  • Transfer the chicken and potatoes to a rack and put into the oven for about 30 minutes or until tender.
  • Serve on a large plate and garnish with slices of lemon.



Instead of using the oven you can place the chicken and potatoes under the grill. Makes sure to turn the parts regularly.

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