Feast of the Pharaohs: Fattah (Meat with Rice, Toasted Pita and Tomato Sauce)


Savor the splendor of ancient banquets with Feast of the Pharaohs, a sumptuous Fattah dish. This recipe celebrates the rich culinary traditions of Egypt, layering tender, spiced meat atop a bed of aromatic jasmine rice and crispy, toasted pita. A robust garlic-infused tomato sauce cascades over the layers, with a final touch of tangy yogurt and toasted nuts for a textural contrast that's truly regal.

Feast of the Pharaohs: Fattah (Meat with Rice, Toasted Pita and Tomato Sauce)

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 60 minutes


  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Ideal Serving Size: 1 generous plate per serving

Nutritional Information per Serving

  • Calories: Approximately 700 kcal
  • Protein: 40 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 60 grams
  • Fat: 30 grams
  • Fiber: 4 grams
  • Sugar: 6 grams


  • Cooked meat (lamb or beef), cubed: 400 grams
  • Jasmine rice, cooked: 400 grams
  • Pita bread, toasted and broken into pieces: 200 grams
  • Tomato sauce:
  • Crushed tomatoes: 400 grams
  • Garlic, minced: 20 grams
  • Cumin: 5 grams
  • Vinegar: 15 ml
  • Plain yogurt: 200 ml
  • Pine nuts, toasted: 30 grams
  • Almonds, toasted: 30 grams
  • Ghee or butter: 30 ml
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the rice and cook the meat with aromatic spices until tender.
  2. Toast the pita bread until crispy and golden brown.
  3. In a pan, heat ghee and sauté garlic, then add tomatoes, cumin, and vinegar to make the sauce.
  4. Layer the toasted pita at the bottom of a serving platter.
  5. Spoon the cooked rice over the pita and arrange the meat on top.
  6. Pour the warm tomato sauce over the meat and rice.
  7. Drizzle with yogurt and sprinkle with toasted nuts.

Culinary Success Tips

  • For the meat, marinating it overnight will infuse deeper flavors.
  • The pita should be toasted just before layering to maintain its crispiness.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley or coriander for added freshness.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use another type of meat? Chicken is a common substitute and will cook faster.
  • How do I keep the pita from becoming soggy? Serve the sauce on the side and add it just before serving.
  • Can I prepare Fattah in advance? You can prepare all components in advance, but assemble them just before serving for the best texture.