Tag Archives: Ramadan

Pharaoh’s Friday #16: Holiday Feasting Egyptian Style and Vegan!


Fridays are “Pharaoh’s Fridays“!  We like to take traditional, Egyptian recipes and adapt them so they are entirely plant-based!

Today is the last Friday of Ramadan.  Next week, many Egyptians will be celebrating the end of the holy month.  Family and friends will have special meals together, just as they do in any other culture, no matter what religion.  Eating brings us together.

One of the things we like to do at Alf Hana is make it possible for Egyptians interested in eating plant-based foods to still be able to enjoy their traditional favorites and comfort foods.  So, we have, over these last 10 months, posted many of our plant-based versions of Egyptian favorites.  Today, we’ve gathered them into one post so you can easily access them as you plan your holiday menus!

Appetizers:

Main Dishes:
Desserts:
Of course, you will find many other NON-traditional items on Alf Hana.  Feel free to search for your favorites!
Whether you are celebrating next week or not, we hope you enjoy or vegan versions of Egyptian favorites!  For our Muslim readers, we wish you all a happy holiday!!!
What’s your favorite food to eat during the holidays?
Alf Hana!!!
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Pharaoh’s Friday #14: Easy Breakfast Konafa


During Ramadan, the Eastern sweets take over our taste buds!  We love all the delicacies especially since so many of them are prepared using plant-based ingredients.  However, I must admit I have not mastered all of them yet!!!  I promise I’m working on them, but in the meantime, take a stab at this really EASY  EASY recipe using konafa….
As we posted recently, konafa is basically shredded phyllo pastry.  There are all kinds of ways to eat and this has got to be the easiest!!!  We like to have it as a special treat for breakfast sometimes.  It is especially easy during Ramadan when we can find fresh konafa in our corner shop!
Serves 2
Ingredients:
125 grams of konafa
konafa
1 tablespoon corn oil
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:
1.  Cut or tear the konafa into small, bite size pieces.
2.  Heat the oil and konafa in a pan on low heat until golden brown (about 5 minutes).


3.  Remove from the heat and add the sugar, raisins and cinnamon.

Nutritional Information: 1 of 2 servings (about 85 grams)
304 Calories; 11 g Fat; 0 mg Cholesterol; 47 g Carbohydrates; 2 g Fiber; 5 g Protein

Serving Suggestions and Variations:

  • Try adding some walnuts, peanuts, pistachios, almonds, or your favorite nut.
  • Would chocolate work?
What’s your favorite Middle Eastern sweet?
Alf Hana!!!

Enjoy plant-based versions of your favorite foods during Ramadan


Happy Ramadan to all our Muslim friends who are celebrating.  It’s always a special time of year for everyone.  A month full of reflection on one’s blessings, generosity to those less fortunate, and lots of delicious fast-breaking feasts with friends.

Having spend fourteen Ramadans in Egypt, we know there are a lot of traditional foods shared over iftar tables.  You may think that trying to start or continue a plant-based diet during Ramadan is impossible.  But at Alf Hana, we have a collection of your favorites adapted to be plant-based, healthy, and delicious!

Here is a list of the top ten traditional Egyptian / Middle Eastern recipes featured here on Alf Hana.  These are listed in order of the most viewed posts on the site.  Feel free to search for any not listed here – or send us an email and ask for your favorite!!!

Have a wonderful holiday and Alf Hana!!!