Riad Sanam Guest table
Moroccan cuisine is considered one of the richest in the world, recognized for its profusion of flavors and colors, fruit of multiple cultural heritages (Berber, Arabic, Jewish, Andalusian). This cuisine is characterized by the combination of sweet / salty and the contribution of many spices, again present in both salty dishes and desserts. Moroccan cuisine is therefore a reflection of its history and the successive peoples who settled there. Thus, the spices were introduced by the caravans of merchants from India or Egypt, the sweety salty mixtures by the Arab-Andalusian civilizations, the cereal dishes by the Berbers or the vegetables in brine by the Jews.
One of the main characteristics of Moroccan cuisine is its richness in aromas, fruit of the various spices used. In the souks, you will undoubtedly be captivated by colorful stalls of spices and the powerful scent of freshly picked herbs. The spice merchants will be happy to share with you the secrets of Moroccan cuisine, so do not hesitate to glean some recipes!
Diversified according to the regions, dishes are nevertheless present throughout Morocco and shared in all families, especially those prepared for a family or religious party. You will probably have the opportunity to taste the tajine, a preparation cooked in a stewed dish, couscous, the iconic dish consumed every Friday by Moroccans, pastilla, a stuffing usually made of chicken or seafood enclosed in a phyllo leaf, the msemen, pancakes usually eaten at breakfast, without forgetting the harira, a soup kitchen very complete can be eaten at all meals of the day. And what about the Tanjia Marrakchia, the typical dish of the Marrakech region. At the bottom of an oval shaped dish, the mutton seasoned with saffron and cumin, cook for hours in the embers.
As for dessert, let yourself be tempted by Moroccan pastries: with peanuts, crushed almonds, sesame, pistachios or dates, in the form of biscuits or soaked in honey, pastries are the pride of Marrakchis. To you briouates, seffa, batbot, beghrirs, chebbakias, and other ghoribas, the list is infinite! And to avoid going home empty handed, consider taking a cooking class at Riad Sanam and buying spices at the souks of Essaouira.