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Arabic Shopping Guide

Some useful words for shopping in Egypt

In most shops in Sharm you can manage quite well without speaking Arabic, the goods are on display and many of the sellers speak English.

But maybe you want to learn the language anyway, or you come in a situation where you have to ask about something while no English speaking staff is around. The following small “Kitchen Shopping English-Arabic Guide” will be helpful for you.

It is difficult to translate Arabic pronunciation with Latin letters, nevertheless you should manage to come close to the correct word.

Artichoke kharshouf
Aubergines beetingaan
Beans fassolia
Broccoli broccoli
Cabbage, red/white kromb, ahmar/abijad
carrots gazar
Cauliflower aarnabeet
Champignons mushroom
Cucumbers khiaar
Fennel shamar
Garlic tohm
Ginger ganzabil
Leek kuraat
Okras/Lady Fingers bamiaa
Onions bassall
Peas beesella
Peppers, green fil-fil, rumi or baladi
Peppers, red/yellow fil-fil, achmar/asfar
Potatoes paataates
Beetroot bangaar
Spinach saabanekh
Spring Onions basall akhdar
Sweet Potatoes paataata
Tomatoes tamatim
Zucchini cossa
Apples tuffaah
Apricots mish-mish
Bananas moz
Coconut goz el hind
Dates baa-lah
Grapes inab
Grapefruit grabe
Lemon laamoon
Mandarins yousseffy
Mangos manga
Oranges borto-aan
Peaches khokh
Pears kummetra
Pineapple ananas
Plums bar-uh’a
Strawberries farawla
Water melon baa-tikh
Iceberg lettuce cambodcha
Roman lettuce khass
Ruccola ghargir
young leek
(can replace chives)
kuraat baladi
Coriander kussbaara
Dill shabatt
Parsley ba’adounis
Meat lahm
Beef ba-A-ra or kandouz
Veal Bet-tel-lo
Lamb Dha-nee
Pork khan-zier
Liver/Kidneys kib-da/Kalawi
Ground meat lahm mafrum-ma
Bones Aad-mm
Filet steak filletto
Roastbeef, pot roast terebianco
Beef for Stroganoff (ground) chamberi
White fat (for minced meat) din
Ham jambon
Roast roasto
aluminum foil silver
anchovies anshooga
Beans, dried foul
Coffee (Mocca) aa-hwa
Dish washing liquid briel
Eggs beid
Flour da-i-h
Juice aasier
Kitchen paper warret matbakh
Lentils aatz
Milk labban
Oil zeht
Olive oil zeht zaijtoun
Pasta macarona
Rice ros
Salt mal-h’
Soap saboon
Sugar succar
Sweet Corn/Mais doura helwa
Tea tchay
Toilet paper warret toiwlet
Tuna tuna
Vinegar khal
Butter zebda
Cheese: geb’na –
Cheddar – chedda
Edam – faalamanc
Feta – fetta
Gouda – gouda
Turkish-,hard cheese – roumy
white cheese – beda
Cream ‘eshta
Mixed Pickles torshy
Olives,
black/green
zaytoon,
iswijd, akhdar
Chicken: ferakh
whole, farkha
breast filets, soudour farakh
drums, wings, wirak, agnija’ha
heart & stomach awaaneis
Spinach saabanekh
Beans, green fasolija
Peas beesella
Filo pastry goulash
spices tawaabil, buharaat
ground … … maTHuun
whole … …SiHiH
Anis yansun
black cumin/ conrockle habbit al-baraka
Capers abu khangar
Caraway karawya
Cardamom hab’bahan
Cayenne shaTTa
Chard salq
Chili powder filfil aHmar amrikaani
Cinnamon <'erfa
Cloves ‘urunfil
Cumin kammun
Curry powder kaari
Hot chili powder shatta
Laurel laury
Nutmeg guzt il-tib
Oregano za’tar
Paprika paprika, filfil ruumi
Pepper filfil
Pepper, black, white filfil iswid , abjiad
Rosemary HaSa libaan
Safflower ‘uSfur
Salt mal-h’
Sesame simsim
Spice Mix bukharaat
Sumac summa’
Fish pl.samak, sgl. samaka
Sardines sar-DEEN
Bream samak Morgan
Tuna tuna
Blue Fish miass
Sole samek Moo-sa
Shrimps gam-ba-ree
Crab ka-boor-ya
Clams gan-dor-lio
Lobster estaguzza
Mullet boor-ee
Nile perch ishr byad (fresh water fish
Mediterranean fish Bar-boni