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On the Table

Counting the average cost of what we eat in Ramadan
By Yara El Narsh
Photography by Hayssam Samir


1 kg pickles: LE 10
30 servings rice: LE 16
Shisha: LE 7-13 at a coffeeshop, 20-35 at a cafe
Homemade basboussa vs. store-bought: LE 20 vs LE 50
Store-bought Kunafa with nuts: LE 60
30 servings laban rayeb: LE 90
30 cups qamar el-din: LE 100
Going out for sohour: LE 5-25 for fuul, LE 50-150 at a cafe and LE 200++ at a five-star hotel
Going out for iftar: LE 75 at an average family restaurant to LE 300++ at a five-star hotel


It has become a tradition to give away food bags to the needy, Here’s what goes into them:
2 kg macaroni
1 liter oil
1 kg dates
2 kg sugar
2 packs tea
1 kg fava beans
2 kg rice
2 jars tomato paste

The average cost is LE 60 for above items, considered basic staples for a family of four.


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