The sinister story of Om Ali graphic with a delicious meal of Egypt's ubiquitous dessert, Om Ali in a bowl next to milk and nuts and spices

The sinister story behind Egypt’s ubiquitous dessert, Om Ali

By Mary Fawzy

Om Ali, the Egyptian bread pudding-ish dessert, can be found at almost any corner cafe or restaurant in Egypt (and beyond in other North African and Middle Eastern countries). Its popularity stems from how satisfying and rich the pudding is, plus it’s wildly easy to make, requiring just a handful of ingredients that likely are already in most Egyptian kitchens. It’s a favorite during Ramadan, Eid, and other special occasions. It’s also a dessert that comes with a sinister and mysterious story.

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