Morocco 2017 Recipes
3 medium carrots, grated
Juice of 1 juicy orange
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon orange flower water (available at Amazon, and other places)
3½ oz. (100 grams) shelled walnuts
In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients except walnuts. Mix well. ]Serve well chilled, garnished with the walnuts.
Harira is the star of Ramadan for it is with this soup that the fast is broken.
8 oz. lamb, cubed, small or chicken livers and gizzards, left whole
1 soup bone, marrow intact
3 onions, peeled and minced
3½ cups dry garbanzo beans, soaked in cold, salted water the night before, drained
1 heaped tablespoon green lentils
3½ cups dried fava beans, soaked and peeled, drained
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 small stalk celery
1 T salt
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon each; ground ginger, black pepper, paprika, cumin and turmeric
½ cubeb pepper (available at allspice.com)
3 quarts water
1 pound and 10 oz. tomatoes, peeled, seeded and pureed.
1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 cup flour
3 cups water
1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar
2 lemons cut in wedges
1. Two days before you wish to serve the soup, make the tadouria by mixing the flour and water, making sure there are no lumps. Add the lemon juice and rest in a warm place for 48 hours.
2. In a large quadra or a deep stockpot, place the lamb or chicken, the soup bone, onions, garbanzo beans, lentils, fava beans, parsley, celery and salt.
3. Add the spices. Cover with the water and bring to a boil. Simmer for at least 1 ½ hours. The harira is not ready until the garbanzo beans lose all of the their bite.
4. When the garbanzo beans are soft, add tomato, cilantro, and caraway. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
5. Remove from heat and stir in the tadouria, mixing will with a large wooden spoon. Return to the stove and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes stirring constantly to prevent it from sticking.
6. Pour into a soup tureen and serve in bowls, with wedges of lemons and dates, which enhance the flavor of this divine soup.
A delicious alternative is to add 3½ ounces cubed jben (Moroccan cheese), 2 beaten eggs, and a pinch of salt and pepper after thickening the soup.
Makes 40 triangles
6½ ounces (200 g) jben or fresh goat’s cheese
¼ c (50 g) butter
Pinch of salt and ground black pepper
Few thyme leaves
2 eggs, beaten
10 sheets waarka or filo pastry
Oil for deep frying
1. Put the jben (or goat’s cheese), butter, salt, pepper, thyme, and beaten eggs in a saucepan. Cook over very low heat, whisking constantly until mixture thickens.
2. Cut each sheet of waarka (or filo) into four long strips, place a spoonful of filling at one short end, fold the corner down to form a triangle, then continue folding at right angles until the end of the strip is reached. To seal the triangle, tuck the end into the last fold like an envelope.
3. In a large pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Deep-fry the cheese triangles, turning regularly, until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.