The food of Morocco is just as diverse as its varied landscape of large cities, scorched deserts and majestic mountains. Years of conquests and relations with surrounding Mediterranean, Arabic, and African countries heavily influence the exotic staples of Moroccan food. Curious about such a unique and distinctive cuisine, many people often wonder, “what does Moroccan food taste like?”
Lamb and Seafood and Beef, Oh My!
Anyone familiar with lamb, seafood or beef can find a savory Moroccan dish to satisfy their palette. These meats often form the base of a meal, with spices, herbs, and vegetables added on top. Lamb is a mouth-watering and tender cut of meat. Often the lamb is sautéed in its own juices and paired with lemon flavorings. Similarly, beef dishes incorporate pickled lemons and unrefined olive oil. These pairings take a basic beef dish to a new level of tender, slow-cooked goodness. Since Morocco borders the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, many plates integrate seafood such as shrimp and ahi tuna. Fish dishes marinade in exotic combinations of herbs and spices before being grilled over coals. The rugged and smoky taste of grilled Moroccan fish dishes is without comparison.
Relish in the Bounty of Flavorful Spices and Herbs
Moroccan cuisine utilizes fragrant spices like cumin, turmeric, paprika, cloves, nutmeg and cayenne pepper. These spices are flavorful rather than burn-your-tongue hot. Meats and vegetables simmer in the tangy mix and absorb its essence. Parsley, cilantro, and mint are all commonly used herbs. Each of these herbs brightens the flavor of the dish, adding dimensions of freshness to the plate. The result is an exhilarating yet perfectly balanced dish.
If You Enjoy Mild Indian Food, You Will Love Moroccan Cuisine
Moroccan cuisine tastes like is a mild version of Indian food. Both types of ethnic cuisines are known for aromatic plates. Indian and Moroccan dishes use a similar medley of spices including cumin, paprika, ginger, cinnamon, and saffron. However, Moroccan food does not use the same quantity of spices that Indian food does, which makes for a milder taste. A connoisseur of Indian Masala would find Moroccan food subtly spiced, or even not spicy at all. First-time tasters would find Moroccan cooking a diverse combination of exotic flavors and a great introduction to Middle-Eastern food.
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