Eat With the Champion – Mohamed Makkawy (2009)

For a little side trip from the usual era that FOUNDATIONS OF IRON focuses on, today we present a recipe for a traditional Egyptian dish known as Eggah, which was formerly posted on the web site of pro bodybuilder Mohamed Makkawy, but is no longer available.

Makkawy entered and placed in many IFBB competitions from the early 1970s up to the late 1990s. To get into top condition for such contests, especially in the early 1980s, he often turned to the “iron guru” Vince Gironda for weight training and nutritional coaching. This shows that old-school methods still remained valid even when bodybuilding had already transitioned sharply away from the classical aesthetic approach of its early days, and was well on its way toward the massive, pharmaceutically-enhanced physiques that it is now known for.

This recipe for Eggah is hearty, nutritionally dense, and, if whole wheat flour is used instead of white flour, then the dish is made completely from minimally-processed whole foods, and very much in line with old-school weight training nutrition principles.

Article including recipe:

This article is dedicated to all sports and fitness fans and especially those in bodybuilding training where every gram and calorie counts. My approach from my experience is a clear focus on the amount of protein that is needed to contribute into muscle building and preserving the existing muscle cells. The carbohydrate count is vital for the proper and real amount of energy produced.

Now here is how you do it:


25g             Garlic, chopped

175g             Red or white onion, cubed

4 Tbps          Sunflower oil (1/4 cup)

475g            Zucchini, cubed (1 lb.)

50g             Cilantro, finely chopped

25g              Flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

25g              Green onion, finely chopped

150g             Tomato, chopped (medium sized)

10               Eggs (extra large)

1 Tsp.           Salt

˝ Tsp.         Ground black pepper

1 Tsp.           Chilli powder

75-100g        All-purpose or Whole wheat flour

1 tbsp.          Extra virgin olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 350°F, and using a 9-inch round pan, lightly grease with butter and sprinkle flour to cover inside surface of pan.

2. Combine onion, garlic, sunflower oil and sauté on medium-high heat until lightly browned and translucent. Set aside and sauté zucchini on medium-high heat until tender and lightly brown, set aside to cool.

3. Combine cilantro, parsley, green onion and tomato to the onion mixture. Add to the cooled zucchini mixture and set aside. Season with half the salt, pepper and chilli powder.

4. In a large bowl, combine eggs, olive oil and the rest of salt, pepper, chilli powder. Add the flour little by little and whisk mixture for 3-4 minutes. Add the zucchini mixture and stir until combined. Pour mixture into greased and floured pan.

5. Place on the middle rack and bake for 35-40 minutes. Perform a skewer test. Skewer must be clean when removed from pan. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before turning over on rack. Let cool an additional 30 minutes before serving.

Note: Eggah can keep up to 7days in fridge in air-tight container.

Variation: Substitute zucchini for 500g cooked spinach.

For the entire recipe you will find:

Protein       60 gr approx.                               Cal.:             240

Carbs         75 gr approx                                 Cal.:            300

Fat (olive oil, sunflower oil) total of 57.5 gr.      Cal.:            550

Total calories (approx)                                     Cal.:           1090


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