Cultured Palate: International Dishes from Morocco

Morocco is a country that has been influenced by many different cultures over its long history. Their cuisine is a reflection of this cultural melting pot. Mediterranean influences mix with Arabic, Berber, and Subsaharan ingredients to create a flavorful taste profile that’s fresh, earthy, and spicy. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a formal meal in a Moroccan’s home, you’ll be treated to a parade of both hot and cold salads, followed by dish after dish of delicately spiced meats, vegetables, and couscous.

If you’re traveling to Morocco on your next trip, here’s a list of some amazing Moroccan international dishes that you should watch out for.

1. B’ssara

B’ssara is a soup made of dried fava beans, and is one of the cheapest things that you can buy in Morocco. It’s often called Morocco’s four-dirham snack, which is the equivalent of about 50 American cents.

B’ssara is popular throughout Morocco as a breakfast dish or as a simple, easy snack. It originated in Northern Morocco, and is usually garnished with paprika, to give a dash of spice to a dish that’s otherwise quite mild. Buy it on the street, and make sure to get a side of bread to sop up every last drop.

Mustapha GUNNOUNI / Shutterstock

2. Harira

Another popular Moroccan soup is harira. In fact, it’s achieved such popularity that many people have declared it Morocco’s national soup.

Harira is often served as a starter at formal meals, but is most frequently enjoyed during Ramadan, as a way to break the day-long fast. It’s a vegetable soup made of primarily tomatoes, chickpeas, lentils, and rice that contains egg and a bit of stewing meat for extra protein. Depending on your preference, it can be served with bread, hard-boiled eggs, or dried fruit on the side. It’s one of the most common dishes enjoyed in both Morocco and neighboring Algeria.

Michal Ivaska / Shutterstock

3. Maakouda

Like many popular snack foods, maakouda can be found everywhere. They’re easy to make at home, but even easier to pick up from a vendor on the street.

Maakouda are spiced potato fritters that have been dipped in whipped egg whites before being fried to a crisp. They’re flavored with parsley, which elevates a potentially heavy and greasy dish with its fresh flavor and aroma. You’ll find them on the menu at most restaurants, and although they’re usually served as an appetizer, they make an indulgent meal on their own stuffed between a few slices of crusty bread, accompanied by a smear of harissa for a kick of spice.

SHARE ON

Advertisement

Styles of Wrestling from Around the World

Most of us are familiar with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This brand rose in popularity within the 1980s, thanks to the likes of Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who placed wrestling on the pop culture map. As time wore on, the WWE has built a mass marketing and entertainment empire through their larger-than-life personalities, including the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Triple H. Still, why some out there can state the WWE does profile some wrestling, it is a far cry from the true techniques that are involved in the sport itself.

Why You Should Travel While You’re Still Young

If you’re worried about embarking on a travel adventure and wondering whether it’ll negatively affect your life, the simple answer is “no, it won’t.” In fact, when you stop to take a closer look at it, the benefits considerably outweigh the risks. While in the past it may have looked like a frivolous undertaking, nowadays it’s considered a character-defining experience. If you have the chance to travel now, take it without thinking as your future-self will be forever grateful for the lessons, friends, and memories you will make.

Most Intense Long-Distance Marathons (Not for the Faint of Heart)

For those among us who love a challenge, these long-distance marathons and outdoor challenges are activities that can only be attempted after years of training, with the right gear, and only by those who are mentally ready to undergo such a feat. Here are some of the most intense and challenging marathons in the world.