If you’ve never had Moroccan food, you’re missing out. The amazing taste that comes from mixing a few ingredients with some spices, is incredible! I remember my first time eating Moroccan food. I was invited for lunch by my sister in law. She prepared a few different things, but when I sat down to eat and saw the plate, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. It looked good but all I saw was olives. Yikes!! Not something I was a fan of. But being raised with manners, I bit my tongue and took my first bite. It was amazing. It was a sort of lam tagine with a sauce made with onions and the liquid from the meat and decorated with olives. I didn’t eat the olives, which I still don’t really do, but they did help give a great taste to the dish. Becoming more accustomed to Moroccan food, I started exploring. My first time visiting Morocco, made me fall even more in love with Moroccan cuisine. I brought back so many ingredients to cook with and tried to make some of the dishes I had eaten there. One time, I made my sister a Moroccan dish and she loved it. Sometimes, the dishes can look a bit messy but that is because the majority of the recipes are made with a sauce used to soak up with bread. I will share with you a great eggplant dip, that can be served hot or cold, that I tasted when I went to Marrakech. You can dip bread in it or even use as topping on a bruschetta. You should definitely try this out.
500 g eggplant
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Handful chopped parsley
Peel half or the whole eggplant depending if you like the skin or not. Dice the eggplant and boil in salted water for 20 minutes.
Remove from water, drain and squeeze out any excess water. Add to a frying pan with olive oil, garlic and tomatoes.
Add spices. Let cook until everything becomes soft.
Crush the tomatoes and eggplant with the back of a spoon. Add parsley.
Serve with some bread or on top of a slice of bread as an appetizer. Use my recipe for Moroccan bread in a previous post: http://www.idaskitchenblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/khobz-moroccan-bread/