My Favorite Moroccan Recipe
While traveling to Morocco, I was lucky to taste many different delicious foods, even as a vegetarian. I must thank our guide, Ms. Meriem Lahrizi, who often helped me learn which foods I could eat and couldn't (make sure you check our her video below!) However, my favorite by far, was a simple Moroccan dish of couscous with a raisin sauce. In Morocco, couscous is always the main dish on Fridays as a tradition, and one that I was very happy to indulge in. Couscous is often prepared with meat, vegetables, and raisins. Meats and vegetables are usually prepared in a tagine (see picture below) that cooks for several hours. Tea (see pictures below) is very important in Morocco and enjoyed several times throughout the day. It is very sweet and delicious, and served in a small cup. The preparation and pouring of the tea is an art form and done with much pride. The recipe below is a modification of a few I tested out and I hope you enjoy it!
Moroccan Couscous with Raisins- Recipe
1 Cup Raisins
4 Tbsp Earth Balance (or butter)
2 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Cumin
1 Medium Onion
Couscous or quinoa
1. Soak raisins in hot water for ten minutes.
2. Melt 3 Tbsp. Earth Balance in pan and saute onions.
3. When onions are translucent, strain raisins and add to mixture with spices.
4. Let this mixture saute over heat, adding more Earth Balance to your own liking/consistency.
5. Serve over warm couscous or quinoa.