6 Must-Try Moroccan Dishes

A visit to Marrakech is not complete until you’ve sampled at least a few of the delicious traditional Moroccan dishes served all over the Ochre City. Here are some of our favourite must-try Moroccan dishes.

B’ssara – The first of our must-try Moroccan dishes is B’ssara, a rich soup made from dried broad beans. Traditionally a breakfast dish, this scrumptious soup is usually topped with a sprinkling of cumin, a swirl of olive oil and served with oven-fresh bread.

TaginesThe tagine, a clay cooking pot with a conical lid, lends its name to a multitude of simply delicious traditional dishes (chicken, lamb, beef, fish and vegetable) as popular at top-notch restaurants as roadside cafes.

Fish Chermoula – Boasting long Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, Morocco has a wonderful range of mouth-watering fish dishes. One of these is Chermoula (a tasty marinade of spices and herbs, also used as a dipping sauce) into which fish is dipped before being grilled over hot coals.

Harira Soup – Traditionally a breakfast dish during Ramadanharira is a soup rich with chickpeas, lentils, tomatoes and lamb or chicken. Finished off to yummy perfection with a little coriander and a dash of lemon juice, this wonderful soup is usually served with a chebakkiya, a kind of sweet, sticky pretzel.

Makouda – The street food in Marrakech is legendary, especially when served from stalls on the Place Jemaa el Fna, and Makouda - small deep-fried balls of potato dipped into a spicy harissa sauce – is one of the tastiest.

Zaalouk – Seasoned with cumin, garlic, paprika and a pinch of chilli powder, Zaalouk is a delicious smoked aubergine dip perfect as an accompaniment to vegetable dishes and with bread.