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Morocco: Recipes and Cuisine

Tagine vendor in Morocco

Image Creative Commons by Dominik Golenia

The exotic flavors of North Africa reach their full expression in the cooking of Morocco. Moroccan cuisine is known for its flavorful stews, called tagines, that simmer in the bottom of a large, double-chambered pot. Their steam cooks and flavors the couscous pasta in the top compartment. The tagine is then served over the couscous.

A wide variety of spices are mixed in varying proportions to give a personal touch to dishes. The best mixes, called ras el-hanout, can be bought custom made. Bstilla, a poultry pie in flaky pastry, is world famous. Most Moroccan meals finished with cup of excellent mint tea.

Typical Moroccan Dishes

A list of typical Moroccan dishes and foods. Use it to help you plan a Moroccan-style meal, party or festival.

Appetizers

  • Briouat (Savory stuffed pastries)
  • Mslalla (Marinated olives)

Soups and Stews

  • Chorba (Vegetable and pasta soup)
  • Harira (Ramadan stew)

Salads

  • Mzoura (Carrot salad)
  • Shlada bi Lichine (Orange and walnuts salad)
  • Shlada dyal Bedenjan (Eggplant salad)

Eggs and Dairy

  • Rayib (Yogurt made with artichoke hearts)

Poultry

  • Bstila (Pigeon pie)
  • Djej bil Einab (Chicken with grapes)
  • Djej Kdra Touimiya (Chicken with almonds and chickpeas)
  • Djej M'Chemel (Chicken with olives and lemon)
  • Djeja M'Qalli (Chicken with coriander and mint)
  • Tajine de Poulet aux Fruits secs et aux Amandes (Chicken braised with dried fruit and almonds)

Meats

  • Brik bil Lahm (Lamb turnovers)
  • El Lahm el Mahammer (Lamb in a red sauce)
  • El Lahm el M'Qalli (Lamb with olives and lemons)
  • Kefta (Spiced meatballs)
  • Lahm Mashwi (Lamb kebabs)
  • Mechoui (Spit-roasted lamb)
  • Mzouria (Honeyed lamb tagine)
  • Qamama (Lamb tagine with honey and onions)
  • Qubdan (Spiced lamb kebabs)
  • Tfaia (Lamb tagine with eggs and almonds)

Fish and Seafood

  • Hut b'Noua (Fish with almond paste)
  • Hut bu-Etob (Fish stuffed with dates)

Vegetables and Beans

  • Kseksu Bidawi (Couscous with seven vegetables)

Breads and Grains

  • Couscous (North African pasta)
  • Khubz Araby (Pocket bread; see Pita recipe)
  • Rghaif (Flaky crepes)
  • Warkha (Thin pastry sheets)

Sauces and Condiments

  • Amlou (Argan oil, almond paste and honey spread)
  • Chermoula (Marinade of herbs, spices and lemon juice)
  • Harissa (North African spice paste)

Pickles and Preserves

  • Matecha M'assla (Sweet tomato jam)
  • Msir (Preserved lemons)

Desserts

  • Ghoriba (Almond cookies)
  • Griouche (Sesame honey pastry)
  • Haloua Tpolo (Chocolate-sesame cones)
  • Kab el Ghzal ("Gazelle horn" pastry)
  • Majoun (Cannabis, honey and spice sweet)
  • M'Hanncha (Coiled almond pastry)
  • Seffa (Sweet couscous with dried fruit)
  • Sfinj (Donuts)

Beverages

  • Lben (Fermented whey beverage)
  • Nana (Mint tea)
  • Sharbat Billooz (Almond milk)

Moroccan Recipes

Try these recipes from Morocco.

Kefta

Kefta meatballs with yogurt sauce

(Middle Eastern spiced meatballs)

Harira

Harira (North African lamb and chickpea stew)

(North African lamb and chickpea stew)

Harissa

Harissa Recipe (North African peppers and spice paste)

(North African peppers and spice paste)

Couscous

Couscous with kebabs

(North African steamed pasta grains)

Djej Emshmel

Djej emshmel Morocca chicken tagine with olives and lemons

(Moroccan chicken tagine with olives and preserved lemons)

Leems

Leems (Moroccan preserved lemons)

(Moroccan preserved lemons)

Méchoui

Mechoui slow-roasted lamb on a spit

(North African spit-roasted lamb)