“Hello, madam. You like cheap, good, clean food?”
Actually, I prefer expensive, tasteless food with E. Coli, I thought, sarcastically. I had been offered the same pitch all day, but I suppose it was starting to feel like lunch time.
I have heard from a few true foodies that Moroccan cuisine is one of the best in the world. Needless to say, I came to Morocco ready to eat. And I guess that cheap, good, clean food is a great start. So I followed the man inside, and sat down for a full Moroccan meal.
Undo the top button on your jeans, and lets eat Moroccan food.
1. Tagine: Though tagine was traditionally prepared in it’s namesake cookware, modern Moroccans normally skip the slow cook in favor of a quicker meal. Tagine is most basically a stew of tender vegetables and meat, but are made unique through the addition of olives, dried fruit, or perserved lemon alongside a blend of Moroccan spices.
2. Harira: Any Moroccan will brag about the seemingly simple Harira, but the boasting is not without cause. This traditional Berber soup is a popular appetizer made from a base of tomatoes and flour loaded with just about everything in the pantry. Lentils, onion, Moroccan spices, and chickpeas give this seemingly simple soup a Moroccan flare.
3. Cous Cous: While the adventurous American household might serve up cous cous on occasion, it probably doesn’t rival the Moroccan preparation. Though simple, the grains are soft and served with stewed vegetables, tender meats, and rehydrated raisins for a warm and delicious entree.
4. Kefta/Kofta: If it looks and tastes like a really delicious meatball, its probably a Kofta.
5. Pastilla: Seperatists of sweet and savory should steer clear of the pastilla, however, if you are willing to mix, you’re in for a treat. The pastilla is a pastry of filo dough that is about the size and shape of a pita loaf filled with pulled chicken or pidgeon, cinnamon, and raisins. The top is dusted with a thin layer of powdered sugar for a sweet and fabulous finish. Dessert optional.
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