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Gastronomy of Tetouan

GASTRONOMY OF TETOUAN

The tetuani gastronomy is very delicious and varied, dishes are prepared with all types of meats (except pig), fish, vegetables and legumes. Tajines are used a lot however many still cook with wood ovens, grills and make fry ups or your classic every day pot stew.
In this quick guide, you can see some of the typical day to day recipies found in any tetouani home or restaurant. As well as some traditional snacks wich can be found in the street markets.

#Tajine shton

#Tajine shton

A european anchovy tajine (very typical in this region ), prepared with tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, spices...
#Chicken or meat tajine

#Chicken or meat tajine

This tajine can be prepared in many different ways: with rasins, plums, quince, lemon, vegetables...
All the meat stews are prepared in tajines, although they are not very complicated they do take a while to cook, above all because the meat needs to be tender enpugh that it pulls apart by the touch.This is because tajines are traditionaly eaten using your fingers.

#Fish or prawn tajine

With lemon, vegetables and some spices. Quick to prepare and very delicious.
#Kefta tajine

#Kefta tajine

They are small balls made from minced meat and served with tomatoe sauce and usually comes with an egg.
#Cous cous

#Cous cous

A moroccan tradition, but in Tetouan will add some potatoes.
#Pastela

#Pastela

It's a sort of stuffed pastery (similar to a spanish empanada ) and can be made from chiken or fish. They can be quite tedious to prepare ( especially the fish ones ), so they are usually made on special days. You can also eat them at the restaurants, however they might ask you to order it prior.
#Fish fry-up

#Fish fry-up

They are very delicious, with very thin batter. It comes with all types of fresh fish, as well as calamari, prawns or sole.

#Harira

A thick soup wich is spacially cooked in Ramadan,It's the dish that is used to break the fast at the end of the day.It contains tomatoes, celery, meat, legumes, short noodles, spices and sometimes a beaten egg. As you can imagine its absolutely great for regaining strength after a whole day of fasting.

#Meat skewers

Can be made with chicken, meat, liver or kefta ( minced meat), usually with lost of spices. A good tick forwhen making them is to cut the meat into small dice-like pieces.

#Sandwiches

They are usually very cheap ( around 6 dirhams ) and can be prepared with whatever you want. You will see that they have some trays on display with ingredients like tomatoes, onios,lettuce,tuna,mortadella,olives...simply point to what you want in your sandwich and thats all. The special finnishing touch al the end is the fries on top. You can find places like these just about anywhere, but specially in the town centre.
Brewats

#Brewats

They are like a stuffed pastery in a triangular form and are usually savoury filled with chicken , however they can also have them swwet, filled with cheese and almonds, in this case covered on the outside in honey and orange flower water. They are easy and quick to eat at any moment.

#Snails, chickpeas, orange juices...

You will see food carts in the street that prepare all these kinds of snacks. The snails and chickpeas are made with very simple recipies and are seasoned with cumin, salt and sauces.
#Desserts

#Desserts

They are a must in a moroccan diet. There are lots of types, including typical classic or more international.They are usually sold on the street or in pastry shops, to have in or take-away. Some can be very cheap and others not so much and can be sold either by kilo or individually.
#Tea

#Tea

It's a fundamental part in the gastronomy and it's drank at any time: inbetween meals and during , in the street or at home and acompained with a dessert or by itself.

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