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Food Story: Egyptian Street Food

July 2022 | MCCORMICK CULINARY & INSIGHTS

As a new foundational pillar of the Flavor Forecast, Food Stories recognizes both a flavor and the story behind it. Our exploration into Egyptian Street Food is inspired by Iman Moussa, the owner and operator of Koshary Corner, a vegan fast-casual concept in Clarksville, MD with a focus on Egypt’s national dish: the Koshary bowl. Koshary Corner was founded with a progressive vision to spread compassion for the planet through plant-based cuisine and better the world one Koshary bowl at a time. Iman shows her unwavering commitment to this mission through Koshary Corner’s partnerships with local food charities and employment of immigrant and refugee women.

 

Learn more: Q&A with Iman

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The Taste:

The harmonious flavors of Egyptian cuisine combine to tantalize the senses from every angle with rich layers of flavor, playful textures, and brilliant color. Spices like cumin, cardamom and cinnamon are balanced with other ingredients like onions and fava beans in familiar yet intriguing presentations.

 

Here are a few of our favorites that offer an approachable way to celebrate and connect with the Egyptian Street Food:

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Koshary

Koshary, the national dish of Egypt, is a marriage of Italian and Arabic culinary elements, including rice, lentils, macaroni, tomato sauce, bold spices like cumin and coriander, and sweet crispy onions. Check out the recipe.

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Bessera

Bessera is a creamy fava bean dip seasoned with coriander, cumin, and garlic seasoning, and garnished with crispy fried onions and almonds. Check out the recipe.

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Kanafeh

A decadent cheesy dessert, crispy shredded phyllo dough is layered with a savory mozzarella filling and soaked in a sweet, spiced syrup with hints of ginger, vanilla, and cardamom then topped with crushed pistachios. Check out the recipe.

 

Apply it:

  • Koshary ready meal with crispy fried onions.
  • Egyptian 7 spiced seasoned fava bean chips.
  • Add a twist to hummus by including fava beans.
  • Incorporate pistachios and cardamom into bakery applications.

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