Moroccan Cuisine a City Of Flavours

Moroccan Cuisine Spices

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.

Spices

Each Moroccan culinary delight, relies on spices to create a unique flavour. Typical spices used include ginger, turmeric, saffron, paprika, cumin and cinnamon. If you’re lucky enough to visit the vibrant city of Morocco, you will find these fresh spices in abundance in the outdoor markets.

Sauces

Moroccan sauces rely on slow cooking methods such as simmering in a tagine or stewing for hours. This allows the spices to infuse and the meat to become so tender that it melts in your mouth.

Side Dishes

Bread is a staple of every Moroccan diet and is traditionally served with every meal. Families tend to serve small plates of salads and starters around the main dishes, so the family has a healthy variety of foods from which to pick.
Morrocan Marka Vegetable Stew
Moroccan Meat Balls In Rich Tomato Sauce

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:

  1. M’qualli: a yellow sauce uses Saffron and ginger
  2. Qadra: another yellow sauce also used saffron, pepper onions and butter which also helps to give it it’s yellow colouring.
  3. M’hammar: a red sauce uses paprika, cumin, and chilli.
  4. 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.

Moroccan Deserts​​

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.

Moroccan Kaab El Ghzal Desert

Moroccan Drinks​

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.

Moroccan Green Tea With Mint

A Final Word

If we have inspired you to become a culinary expert in Moroccan cuisine, you will discover an array of recipes online or by investing in a traditional Moroccan recipe book. However, the ultimate way to experience the true essence of Moroccan cooking is to visit the country itself. So what are you waiting for?

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