T: Tameya

T is for Tasty Tameya!

Tameya is one of the most popular street foods here. You may have heard it referred to as falafel, as it is called in other Middle Eastern nations where it is typically made with chick peas. In Egypt, tameya is made of mashed fava beans and coriander, rolled into balls or small patties and fried. You can eat them plain or in a sandwich on baladi bread with salad and tahina. Sometimes sesame seeds are added to the outside of the patty before frying. The patch in this photo was my lunch last week, purchased around the corner from my house. This is LE 2 (36 cents) worth of tameya – and that is how you order it – by the amount of money you want to spend!

Click to hear the pronunciation of tameya.

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