Moroccan cuisine is truly one a kind, with influences from Spain, France, and Arabia. Moroccan food is flavourful, spicy, balance, complex and full of freshness!
A few prominent ingredients found in Moroccan cooking are saffron, mint, lemon, olives, cinnamon, and ginger. If you are looking for true flavour, try out Morocco's most popular spice blend in your dishes - ras el hanout. The recipe for ras el hanout can have up to 100 different spices and varies in every kitchen with each cook having their own secret recipe. For a slightly easier version of this blend, try SBS's recipe for ras el hanout containing 12 ingredients. It will be sure to punch up the flavour in any dish you add it to!
A few of Morocco's most popular dishes:
Couscous is Morocca's national dish and it is nothing like the couscous we have tasted in North America. Is is fresh, plump, and steamed to perfection. To learn how to make authentic couscous, read Mohamed Ben Mchabcheb's tips for making authentic couscous.
The tagine refers to both a dish and a cooking vessel. A tagine is a clay pot with a conical lid used to cook a variety of dishes. In this recipe, chicken, vegetables, spices and herbs are braised until tender and served with couscous or fresh bread.
Mint tea is the drink of choice, and is perfectly refreshing on a hot day. Green tea and mint leaves are steeped in hot water and sweetened with sugar.