Starters, Salads and kemia

. A colourful palette of hot and cold starters and salads, which on their own can be served as dishes or side dishes.

Moroccan dried fava beans cooked in a silky and lemony sauce and topped with aged preserved lemon
Starters, Salads and kemia

Moroccan dried fava beans in chermoula – Foul mengoub

Moroccan dried  fava or broad beans recipe in a thick silky sauce is a frugal vegan/vegetarian dish served in winter during lunch time. Whilst it’s meant to be a cooked salad or starter, I personally started serving it as a main dish. The Arabic name is telling Some of us call it foul mengoub due […]

Moroccan cauliflower fritters served with lemon wedges
Starters, Salads and kemia

Moroccan cauliflower fritters

Moroccan cauliflower fritters is a vegetarian starter but can also be served as a garnish for a chicken or meat dish. Yummy Moroccan cauliflower fritters with chermoula It’s funny I’m  enjoying them now that I’m older because I never had when my mother used to make them regularly during my youth. Recently, these beignets de […]

Cooked Moroccan salad with pepper, tomato and potatoes. Vegan, Gluten-free
Starters, Salads and kemia

Moroccan potato, pepper and tomato salad

Moroccan potato, pepper and tomato recipe is an easy vegetarian/vegan cooked salad. Usually served warm, you can also serve it as a side dish to grills or fried fish while enriched with meat or seafood, can be a meal in itself as it has it all. A family recipe Here is a decades old recipe, […]

Stuffed dried apricots - Mechmach mâammar
Red meat, Starters, Salads and kemia

Stuffed dried apricots – Mechmach mâammar

Today’s post has been put together by a friend of mine who shares with me the love for everything Moroccan. We share similar interests when it comes to finding the origin of Moroccan recipes and how they’re done across the country. She is a very knowledgeable person who constantly looks for ways to promote Moroccan […]

Moroccan white beans in tomato sauce
Starters, Salads and kemia

Moroccan white beans in tomato sauce

Moroccan white beans in tomato sauce is always served as a starter to a winter lunch. It can be made with or without tomatoes but a bit of tomato paste is definitely needed. Add-ons Because my family comes from Fez, we tend to use khlii and its fat in many things, this dish is one […]

Moroccan khlii tartlets
Snacks and nibbles, Starters, Salads and kemia

Lactose-free Moroccan khlii tartlets

Those mini-tartlets with naturally caramelised onions and bits of khlii (which you can replace with smoky bacon) are really irresistible, especially if you serve them along with pickles. I prefer to use this fuss-free dough as a base to make them but you can use a savoury shortcrust of puff pastry dough. This recipe is […]

Moroccan goat rolls or sbiaat jben
Snacks and nibbles, Starters, Salads and kemia

Moroccan goat cheese rolls – sbiaats jben

Saiss Jben is the secret to these Moroccan cheese rolls or as we call them Sbiaats in reference to fingers. Saiss is a fertile geographical area in the Northern part famous for many things, including its goat cheese. To make these Moroccan cheese rolls, you don’t have to go to Fez or Northern Morocco to […]

Starters, Salads and kemia

Moroccan-style Deviled eggs

In Morocco, we are found of boiled eggs, sprinkled with salt and cumin and served as a sandwich with cream cheese or Jben. This is everyone’s favourite. Hard-boiled eggs are also halved and served with cumin and salt, a spread of cheeses, cold cuts and olives for afternoon snacks after school. They’re also served on […]

Snacks and nibbles, Starters, Salads and kemia

Moroccan cottage cheese and cold cuts pasties

Using Jben or cottage cheese in savoury baking is a very old Arab tradition and we’re only reshaping the outcome and adding more ingredients. As Ramadan is on its way, many Moroccans are looking for recipes to fill their tables with irresistible food. In our family, we like to serve mini starters along with the […]

Starters, Salads and kemia

Moroccan vegetable and cottage cheese (Jben) pasties

Vegetable and cheese pasties recipe is a nice way to start an Iftar during Ramadan or something to make for a picnic. For a lighter version, use warqa or a good phyllo dough to make them. Preparing a Ramadan table can be a very demanding job, compute this for 30 days..Now this is not required […]