Marrakech street food

Author & Photographer : Alessandro Del Ben

In Marrakech you can find a big variety of traditional food and spices

A tajine or tagine is a historically Berber dish from North Africa that is named after the type of earthenware pot in which it is cooked. The traditional method of cooking with a tajine is to place the tajine over coals.

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The traditional tajine pot is formed entirely of a natural Clay, which is sometimes painted or glazed. It consists of two parts: a base unit that is flat and circular with low sides and a large cone- or dome-shaped cover that sits on the base during cooking. The cover is designed to promote the return of all condensation to the bottom. Tajine is traditionally cooked over hot charcoal leaving an adequate space between the coals and the tajine pot to avoid having the temperature rise too fast. Large bricks of charcoal are purchased specifically for their ability to stay hot for hours. Smaller pieces of charcoal are reserved for cooking brochettes (barbecue) and other grilled meats.

Moroccan tajine dishes are slow-cooked savory stews, typically made with sliced meat, poultry, or fish together with vegetables or fruit. Spices, nuts, and dried fruits are also used. Common spices include ginger, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, and saffron. Paprika and chili are used in vegetable tajine. The sweet and sour combination is common in tajine dishes like lamb with dates and spices. Tajines are served with couscous or bread. Because the domed or cone-shaped lid of the tajine pot traps steam and returns the condensed liquid to the pot, a minimal amount of water is needed to cook meats and vegetables. This method of cooking is very practical in areas where water supplies are limited or where public water is not yet available.

DSC_0089In the afternoon people making preparation to build the kiosks for dishes

DSC_0101Lamb heads

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DSC_0106Boiled Snails

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DSC_0108Can’t miss an aphrodisiac berbere tea maden with cinnamon and ginger

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Morocco has many kind of pastry, in jamaa el fna there are many pitchman sell different traditional street food.

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Colourful spices everywhere, uses for season foods like tajine

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DSC_0005One of the first thing you have to do when arrive in Marrakech is drink orange juice in the historical stands of Jamaa el Fna square.

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So, Marrakech street food is for brave but give you a fantastic culinary experience! Fantastic!


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