Moroccan Essential Ingredients
If you're thinking of cooking Moroccan food at home, there are many essential ingredients to choose from. The ingredients add a unique flavor to each meal with both sweet and savory essentials that will satisfy anyone’s preference of food. These are seven of the many essential ingredients in Moroccan food:
Wheat can be used in a number of ways in Moroccan cooking. This is an essential ingredient especially for Moroccan bread. Other types of wheat that are included in Moroccan dishes are wheat berries, cracked wheat and bulgur.
This ingredient can be found in Moroccan foods like couscous, breads, sweets, crepes, and fried pancakes. With a sandy texture, semolina comes in both a fine and coarse forms.
This is an essential ingredient that is commonly used in Moroccan baking. Dishes like couscous belboula, barley soup with milk, cracked barley soup and barley bread are some of the main recipes that can be made with barley.
Couscous is a popular Moroccan dish that was once served as a staple in place of bread. In most Moroccan homes, couscous is offered weekly rather than daily. Couscous made from semolina is most popular, but it also can be made from barley, wheat, corn, millet and other seed grains.
Did you know that Morocco is one of the countries with the highest amount of sugar consumption in the world? Most Moroccan items contain sugar, and granulated and powdered sugars are mostly used in baking items. A popular sweet drink to wash down a meal is Moroccan mint tea, which is often very sweet.
Another popular way to sweeten Moroccan food would be with honey. In Morocco, honey can be used as a condiment, cooking ingredient and natural medicine. Some Moroccan dishes that could be prepared with honey are chicken tagine with dates and honey, vegetarian carrot and chickpea tagine, and couscous tfaya.
7. Green Tea
Green tea is an essential ingredient that was introduced to Morocco less than 200 years ago. It was quickly adopted, as Moroccans drink it several times a day. It’s usually steeped with fresh herbs like mint, pennyroyal, wild geranium or lemon verbena.
There are many other Moroccan ingredients, such as dried fruit, orange flower water, dried beans, preserved lemons, olives and much more.
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On April 14, 2016 at 6:30pm, Chef Moumen will be sharing the secrets to what makes Morocco so special in the Spring - fresh vegetables! Fresh salads, marinated veggies, and vegetable tagine are on the menu! Join us as we explore methods for preparing these delicious veggies.