In Moroccan cuisine, there are four main styles of cooking. Each is using a variety of colourful ingredients and wonderful spices. Moroccan cooking centres around stewing meats and vegetables (marka), boiling (maslouq), steaming (m’bakh·khar), grilling (mechoui), baking (fel ferran), roasting (m’hammar), and cooking on two fires (binnarine). Furthermore, traditional recipes are passed down from generation to generation.
Moroccan Food Colour
Colour is an essential part of Moroccan cooking. Yellow and red are the primary colours associated with most Moroccan cooking styles. The colours are a result of the blend of spices used in each cooking style:
- M’qualli: a yellow sauce uses Saffron and ginger
- Qadra: another yellow sauce also used saffron, pepper onions and butter which also helps to give it it’s yellow colouring.
- M’hammar: a red sauce uses paprika, cumin, and chilli.
- Mchermel: is another dish that includes paprika but also uses grated tomatoes or tomato paste which adds to the vibrant red colour of the meal.
If you have a sweet tooth, Moroccan desserts do not fail to disappoint. Desserts usually feature seasonal fresh fruit; however, if you’re looking for something rich, a favorite dessert is Kaab el ghzal. Kaab el ghzal features a horn shaped pastry filled with almond paste and topped with sugar. Another favorite dessert is halwa chebakia: a pretzel shaped deep fried dough, saturated in honey and topped with toasted sesame seeds. Finally, zucre coco or coconut fudge cakes are also a firm favourite.
Probably, the most popular drink in Morocco is green tea with mint. Making good tea is considered an art form, with the pouring technique being just as important as the taste. Tea is always made using a tea pot and glasses are filled in two stages. Traditionally, tea is enjoyed with bubbles in it, and so teapots are held from a height to encourage the tea to become as bubbly as possible. Fresh mint leaves are places inside the glasses and sugar is served as an optional accompaniment.
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