9 Incredible Moroccan Dishes That Will Not Leave You Indifferent
Cooking is a great hobby and fun pastime for most people. Many psychologists advise, especially in times of stress, to relax and try to distract yourself by cooking dishes that you have never tried before. Passion for cooking not only brings pleasure, but also allows you to try new tastes, as well as various combinations of food. If you suddenly find yourself thinking, reading this article, that your daily diet is already sitting in the gut, maybe you should try to plunge into the incredible world of food?
If you are wondering how best to do this, try integrating new dishes for one week each month. This way you will see which of the dishes you like best, and which dish can rightfully take your favorite place in the list.
Yes, many of us have tried all kinds of pasta, tried pizza from the oven, pizza rolled into a tube, personally bought beef, which then turned out to be excellent (or not so good) burgers, watched recipes for making rolls straight from Japan, and so on.
One of the best ways to know the culture is to plunge into the culture of its dishes, so how about exploring scrumptious Moroccan dishes? Don’t be alarmed prematurely. Some of the dishes may seem complicated at first glance, but you have no idea how satisfied your tastebuds will be when you try them for the first time. If you suddenly don’t want to bother with cooking these dishes, and you live in a large city, we recommend that you check out the food delivery services where these dishes are available for order.
However, we recommend that you try to cook all this yourself, because the food prepared personally is twice as delicious!
Harira is one of the most popular and recognizable soups that came to us from Morocco. At first glance, the abundance of ingredients may seem strange or difficult to combine, but we advise you to take your word for it-it is the herbs and spices that make the taste of this soup unique, and if it is served with a good wine, its taste becomes several times better.
Traditionally harira is cooked with the addition of garlic, harissa, onions, celery, turmeric, cumin, ginger and even cinnamon.
The combination of these ingredients makes the taste of this soup truly a masterpiece. Among other things, minced meat is often added to harira, so if you happen to be in Morocco and are a vegetarian, keep in mind that you should report it. But even the absence of meat will not make this soup at least a little less delicious. Before eating the soup, add a slice of lemon and one spoonful of yogurt for flavor. Try it, you won’t regret it.
Another traditional national dish of Moroccan cuisine is couscous. Unfortunately, many people quite unfairly consider couscous an uninteresting dish, and now we will explain why. First of all, you have never tried Moroccan couscous. Second, if you happen to visit Morocco, you will in any case do not have to avoid this dish. The Moroccans prepare this dish using steam with the addition of baked vegetables to achieve the perfect consistency for the dish. When the dish is almost ready, add the meat, stewed in spices.
Another advantage of couscous is that it is served immediately for all guests from a common plate, where everyone can put as much as they want. It helps you get in touch with the people you eat it with. There is also a sweeter version of couscous with raisins, and believe me, it is no less delicious.
Tagine is a North African Maghreb dish which is named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked. It is also called maraq or marqa. So tehnically tagine can be everything.
Roughly speaking, a Tajin is a small domed pot in which you can add absolutely all the ingredients you want. You can find its counterpart in many world cuisines, but the Moroccan cooking method is one of the best. The pot is filled with the necessary ingredients, and then very slowly, on a small fire, stewed for several hours. Tajin can be either vegetable or meat with the addition of herbs and spices. Meat, being in a pot, is impregnated with spices so much that from one smell you can lose your head. It becomes so soft that it literally melts in your mouth. The most popular one is kefta tagine which is made with beef meatballs.
This delicacy will be warmly received by people who love a combination of sweet and spicy. While the shell of this pie gives off sweet notes, inside the pie there is a real gastronomic orgasm due to the combination of meat, spices and filler. A long time ago, when people still preferred to hunt, the pie most often consisted of pigeon meat. Now, of course, it is prepared mainly from chicken. If you are looking for something that you have never tried, pay attention to this option, because it can bring pleasure even to the most experienced cook.
5. Zesty Sardines
Moroccans are known for being one of the biggest consumers of fish and seafood on earth. Thanks to its waters, fish is always plentiful on the table of the Moroccans. But what the Moroccans have achieved to perfection and what you will not find in any other culture is the preparation of sardines. If you follow a healthy diet, we recommend you baked sardines. The traditional method of cooking is fried, when sardines are marinated in spices and lemon, and then fried over an open fire. Believe me, this will be one of the best experiences you will ever try.
Simply put, makuda is fried mashed potatoes. To give this mixture the desired consistency, the Moroccans add an egg and fry everything together, mixing thoroughly. But the taste of makuda is unique due to herbs and spices. Thanks to the simple method of preparation, you can find this snack on almost every corner in Morocco, or without any problems to prepare it yourself and surprise your friends.
Babbouche is one of the most unique dishes you can try. It is unique not only for its unusual appearance, but also for its taste. Babbouche is usually prepared in a broth with snails, and it is all served together. Someone may think that eating snails is disgusting, but we hasten to assure you that this is not the case. When ordering this dish, you will be served a plate filled with snails right in their shells. The correct use of this dish looks like this: you take out a snail, pick it out with a toothpick, put it in your mouth, and then wash it all down with broth. Believe me, your taste buds will just love it.
Briouat, which can also be spelt as briwat, is a Moroccan sweet pastry that’s often sold in street markets.
There are always two options to choose from. If you have a sweet tooth, the best choice is the sweet version of this dish. It will contain almonds, will be fried in oil and caramelized with honey. If you prefer a spicy version of this dish, it will consist of meat and cheese, with pepper and sprinkled with lemon. Which option to choose is up to you, but we recommend both options at once, as they are incredible.
Chebakia, also often called shebakia, is a classic Moroccan dessert. This dish is quite sweet, so if you are not a fan of sweet and try to avoid using sugar, it is not worth eating. If you, like us, have a sweet tooth, this dish is for you. Traditionally, it is prepared from Filo dough and fried in oil with the addition of syrup, which is prepared from a mixture of honey and rose water. The best addition and drink for this dish will be Moroccan mint tea, which will help to fully reveal the taste of this dish.