|Moroccan Cuisine is flavoursome and truly heart warming|
"The more you let yourself go, the less others let you go." - Friedrich Nietzsche
I am just foolishly happy with your excitement about me posting menus. I am getting all these requests for all types of Menus and I will be posting more of these for you to enjoy :) You know that I am also posting daily suggested Menus on Twitter, so make sure to find them there too. The links to all the recipes in the tweeted menus are included in the tweets to spare you the trouble of looking for them. So I am hoping this would help with all your requests. I do however want to ask you to please post your requests here in the comments section rather than in an email. Because due to the ridiculous amount of emails I am receiving, I find it hard to keep up and reply to all of you. It is easier to do that here.
These days it seems that every time I am asked what I would like to have for Iftar, I am always suggesting Moroccan Food! I feel like it is a change from the everyday same foods that we keep on having. Moroccan food is brilliantly falvoursome. The foods are always super tender, melt in your mouth kind of texture. The meats are extremely tender, the vegetables whole yet almost melting, and the depth of the flavours of Moroccan foods is never matched in any other cuisine! I love it, and these days more than ever I appreciate the thought behind every dish that comes out of a Moroccan kitchen.
I have therefore decided to go for a Moroccan menu, that includes the most brilliant and best loved Moroccan concoctions. I have included 2 tagines to cater for different palates. Many people haven't discovered the goodness of lamb and believe they don't like lamb. Therefore a chicken tagine allows them to enjoy this menu too. You would want to cater to different guests needs, and this menu helps you do that.
Ramadan Moroccan Menu
On this heavenly menu...
Almond Flakes Studded CousCous (recipe Below)
At times you would want to change and serve a menu that you do not usually cook. At times you want to impress your guests with new dishes they are not used to you serving them. Other times, you want to serve a wave of comfort food, tuck in with your family to the aromas, the textures and flavours of comfort. This is a menu that is good for any of those times. It is one that is packed with flavour, warm, welcoming and comforting. It is one I would serve when welcoming someone new as my guest. Because through this menu, I hint warmth, comfort and good taste.
|Moroccan Hareera Soup|
Hareera Soup (properly pronounced Hreera) is a delicious soup that swept over the Middle East taking the throne from the old Lentil Soup. Not that lentil soup is not good, but Hareera took lentils to another ball game. Hareera qualified lentils for the Olympics! There is depth in flavour, aromatic tones from the coriander, saffron, ginger, turmeric... There is crunch from the chickpeas and the fried onions, there is slight acidity from the tomatoes, there is goodness in every bite and imagination in every breath. This is a soup recipe that you will want to hold on to because once you make it, you will be making it lots! (Find my Hareera Soup Recipe here)
|Tagine of Lamb & Prunes|
|Chicken and Olive Tagine|
Almond Studded CousCous
In my opinion, every Tagine must be accompanied by a CousCous of sorts. The experience is not complete without the texture of the tiny individual grains of pasta. There are many ways to prepare the CousCous, I however like to serve tagines with one that will only enhance the experience without meddling with the flavour. I go for a plain CousCous which I sprinkle with black pepper a little bit of salt and a dash of olive oil then mix all together. I top the CousCous with enough water to cover it, not too much water, about 1 inch on top. Then place a heavy plate or lid to seal the water in. The CousCous cooks this way and becomes tender. Once all the liquid has been absorbed I remove the lid, and add the toasted flaked almonds, I gently fluff with a fork in order not to get the grains stuck together, and mix all this way. Place in a serving dish and serve immediately. Ah! All this talk is making me hungry now!
|Pistachio Cake with Rosewater Cream|
|If you like to serve Arabic Coffee (Ahwe Sada) here is the recipe|
Now that you have cooked up a storm of flavours, textures and goodness all you need to do is say a prayer for all those who need it this Ramadan and wait for the prayer to be called and enjoy the company of those you love alongside the company of this fabulous menu and its flavours. May all your wishes come true, and may all those who are in need be blessed with an angel who prays for them, and offers an act of goodness.
I hope you enjoyed today's Menu, and that you will try these mouthwatering recipes. I look forward to all your comments, and don't forget to take pictures of recipes you carry out from this blog and share them with me for a chance to win fabulous giveaways. Since a good chunk of my readers are internationally based, I am offering cash prizes for lucky winners outside of GCC and some cool foodie giveaways for those in GCC. No one will miss out, so make sure you are in! Find out more here. All part of Dima's Kitchen Ramadan Special ;)
Think of others this Ramadan, nothing like being kind