The Ultimate Egyptian Fattah


Mon, 11 Jun 2018 - 03:47 GMT

Photo courtesy of Yumamia

Photo courtesy of Yumamia

The experts of home-cooked food bring you their detailed recipe for that ultimate fattah dish to impress your guests this Ramadan.

Salt and pepper, to taste
3 baladi bread loaves
1 cup chicken or meat broth
½ cup vinegar
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 cups tomato juice
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp traditional ghee
3 cups white rice (450 grams)
3 seeds cardamom
2 seeds of mastic
800 grams meat cubes
2 tbsp crushed garlic

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Cooking the rice
1. Wash rice well with running water, then drain
2. Heat two tablespoons of ghee in a medium-sized pot, add cardamom and mastic and cook for two minutes, then add rice and cook for another two minutes
3. Add salt and 4 cups of water. Let the rice absorb the water, then cover the pot, lower heat and leave the rice to cook for 25 minutes

Preparing the sauce and bread:
4. In a small pan, cook the garlic in two tablespoons of oil, then add vinegar, tomato paste and sauce, and mix well.
5. Add ½ cup of water and bring to boil, then remove from heat.
6. Cut bread into squares and place in a big pan, adding the ghee and mixing well over medium heat, then adding the broth and leaving the bread to absorb all liquids

Serving the fattah:
7. Layer the bread on the bottom of the serving tray, followed by the rice, then evenly spread some of the sauce over the rice
8. Layer the meat cubes on top of the rice and sauce, and serve immediately, along with extra sauce to the side.

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