Posts Tagged ‘moroccan’


dukkah tomato chicken stew

September 24, 2020

This easy nutty, seedy spice blend from Northern Africa is a great way to switch up your chicken routine.

In the past few months, I have made a lot of chicken. This recipe tastes a lot better than a typical quick chicken recipe. If you make a batch of dukkah, you’ll have months of fast, easy, surprisingly delicious chicken dinners.

Thanks to Foods from Africa for this one.

I left out a lot of ingredients- sundried tomatoes, second batch of smoked paprika, parsley, black olives… still absolutely delicious.


800 g chicken legs
6 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground coriander seeds
1 tsp Moroccan dukkah spice
5 g fresh thyme


3 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves
50 g sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
2 tsp moroccan dukkah spice
1 tsp smoked paprika
500 ml tomato sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar brown sugar to taste
1 chicken stock cube splash of homemade chicken stock or small amount of bouillon
85 g pitted black olives
handful bay leaves
handful fresh thyme sprigs
handful parsley, fresh and chopped


Mix the lemon juice, olive oil and all the spices together. Coat the chicken pieces with the marinade, ensuring an even distribution over the chicken. Cover with clingfilm and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes, preferably overnight.
Heat a pan and when hot, add the 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Fry the chicken pieces for 3 minutes per side, to brown them. Ensure that the chicken is not crowded inside the pan. Remove when both sides have been browned and set aside.
In that same pan, and on medium heat, add the chopped onions, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. Fry for 3 – 5 minutes until the onions are soft and translucent. Stir frequently to prevent the onions from burning.
Add the dukkah spice and paprika. Stir to mix properly. Then add the tomato sauce, stock cube, brown sugar and the bay leaves and fresh thyme sprigs. Add back the fried chicken to the pan and stir to mix.
Cover the pan, and allow the sauce to come to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for 45 minutes.
Uncover the pan and add the olives. Cook for another 10 minutes uncovered. Then take off the heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.


recipe by Foods from Africa


Ever since America’s Test Kitchen told me that marinating meat is a scam, I have stuck with my old-fashioned method of bringing chicken to room temperature, salt-and-peppering the skin, browning in a hot skillet, and sticking the whole skillet in the oven at 425 for a few minutes. It’s the best way to cook a crispy-skinned chicken.

So it’s been FOREVER since I’ve marinated chicken, so I wanted to try this. It’s very different than my usual chicken. However, I really, really liked it a lot, and I definitely plan to tweak and experiment with this recipe. Trying it again for sure; adding this to the “rotation” tag.

I have been rushing home from work on the weekdays to have lunch at home. I scraped the sauce from the chicken thighs, reheating the chicken in a skillet. When they were almost warm, I added the sauce back to just gently reheat it before serving.

Great with rice, on crackers, and even over pasta. Recommended!

If you like chicken with a lot of Northern African or Middle Eastern flavors but not a lot of heat, try this apricot-honey chicken tagine, Saudi kabsa (chicken), or this herb and citrus roasted chicken.

Tons more chicken recipes here on friedsig, too!


vegan moroccan chickpeas and apricots

May 9, 2016

1/8 c (or less) olive oil
one medium onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 dried apricots, sliced
1 tablespoon ras-el-hanout
sprinkling of salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper
1 3″ cinnamon stick
1/4 – 1/2c water
zest and juice of one small lemon or lime
2 15-oz cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans,) rinsed and drained
1/2 large or 1 small can of tomatoes, diced
fresh mint, toasted nuts, and/or couscous to serve (optional)

heat frying pan with olive oil.
when hot, add onion, apricots, and spices.
watch carefully. apricots and ground spices can burn.
when caramelized, add a splash of water, zest, chickpeas, and tomatoes.
simmer 10 minutes, stirring often, adding more water if needed.
add lemon juice and turn off the heat.
if desired, serve with fresh herbs or couscous.



1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (THIS IS WAY TOO MUCH!)
3 large garlic cloves, peeled
2 cups thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup dried apricots, sliced
1 tablespoon ras el hanout (Moroccan spice blend) or garam masala
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1 (28-ounce) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped (THIS IS WAY TOO MUCH!)
6 cups escarole, torn into 1-inch pieces
1 cup cilantro leaves
1/4 cup mint leaves
1/2 cup roasted whole almonds, coarsely chopped
4 cups hot cooked couscous

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove garlic from pan using a slotted spoon; discard or reserve for another use. Add onion and next 6 ingredients (through cinnamon stick) to pan; sauté for 7 minutes or until the onion is lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add 1/2 cup water, rind, juice, chickpeas, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Stir in escarole; simmer for 1 minute or until escarole wilts. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with cilantro and mint; top with almonds. Serve over couscous.


wonderful! a perfect dish for a rainy spring day. comforting, but healthy. recommended, and definitely worth the effort.


from myrecipes


ras-el-hanout (moroccan spice blend)

May 8, 2016

moroccan spice blend

similar to the middle eastern spice blend known as baharat or bokharat, you will be amazed how incredibly versatile this is.

i highly recommend this on anything from popcorn to stewed chickpeas with dried fruit.


1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


recipe from epicurious


moroccan chickpea salad

July 31, 2014

2 x 400g (14 oz) cans of chickpeas (garbanzos) drained, rinsed & strained
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup dried cranberries, apricots, or currants
1 piece of a preserved lemon, rind only, finely chopped
Juice of 1 fresh lemon
½ cup olive oil
1 tbs ground cumin
1 tbs paprika
1 tbs ground cinnamon
a handful of baby spinach leaves (optional)
¼ cup finely chopped parsley (or any fresh herb you like)

Place the chickpeas in a bowl add the onions, garlic, currants, preserved lemon, spices, olive oil, lemon juice and soy sauce in a large bowl. Toss to combine and leave to marinate for at least an hour.
Line a serving bowl with the baby spinach leaves Throw a handful of spinach in a bowl, and top with the chickpeas and parsley. Top with the yoghurt and pistachios, and drizzle with the pomegranate molasses.


recipe adapted by friedsig and originally penned by le delicieux


Sounds like a very pretty presentation – something I put zero effort into for my own quick lunches. I simplified this recipe to make this very elegant (but elaborate) salad completely accessible to anyone seeking a very healthy, flavorful, fast, affordable, and easy lunch to take along, or ultra-fast weeknight dinner.

I used fresh dill and basil instead of parsley, because it’s what I had in the house. I love currants, so I used those. I also added a part of a roasted jalapeno from the farmers market because I have so many, and a big pinch of smoked paprika. Recommended! Of course, hot pepper pickles are incredible in any salad.

This is one of my two favorite cold chickpea salad recipes this summer. The other is this 5 minute warm chickpea and feta salad.

Try this one!



August 6, 2013

“Harissa is a North African hot red sauce or paste made from chili peppers (often smoked or dried) and garlic, often with coriander and caraway or cumin and served with olive oil…

Harissa is used both as a condiment and as an ingredient in recipes. It has been described as an important item in Tunisian cuisine. Harissa is also used in a few recipes of other North African cuisines, namely Morocco, Algeria and Libya…

In Tunisia, harissa is served at virtually every meal as part of an appetizer along with olives and tuna. It is also used as an ingredient in a meat (goat or lamb) or fish stew with vegetables. Harissa is also used to flavour the sauce for couscous… In Saharan regions, harissa can have a smoky flavor.” – lebanese recipes


3 ounces mild and hot chilies (combine ancho, New Mexican, and guajillo chiles)
1 clove garlic crushed with 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coriander — ground
1 teaspoon caraway seed — ground
1 red bell pepper — roasted
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
olive oil


Stem, seed, and break up chilies. Place in a bowl and pour over boiling water. Cover and let stand 30 minutes. Drain; wrap in cheese cloth and press out excess moisture. Do the same for the red bell pepper.
Grind chilies in food processor with garlic, spices, red bell pepper, and salt. Add enough oil to make a thick paste.
Pack the mixture in a small dry jar; cover the harissa with a thin layer of oil, cover with a lid and keep refrigerated. Will keep 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator with a thin layer of oil.

Harissa Sauce:

Serve at the table as an accompaniment to meat or fish, the heighten the flavor of salads, or as an accompaniment to Tunisian couscous:
Combine 4 teaspoons harissa paste, 4 teaspoons water, 2 teaspoon olive oil, and 1 or 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice in a small bowl and blend well makes 1/4 cup.


from lebanese recipes


chicken and carrot tagine

August 6, 2013

8 chicken drumsticks or equivalent in other chicken parts
1 large onion, sliced
4 minced cloves of garlic
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 t cinnamon
250ml (1 cup) chicken stock or water
a few fresh tomatoes, a can of tomatoes, or some tomato sauce
one giant shredded carrot
one small can of garbanzo beans or chickpeas (optional)
fistful of sliced almonds (optional)
1 handful dried pitted dates, halved, or prunes, halved (optional)
fresh mint, parsley, or cilantro to serve
olive oil

preheat oven to 350ish. fry onions in olive oil using a large oven-safe cast-iron skillet. when soft and sweet, add garlic and spices. fry ~2 mins. add tomatoes and chickpeas. cook ~3 minutes. add water or stock and fruit or nuts if using, bring to a boil. shut off heat. add shredded carrots and bake for forty minutes or an hour, flipping chicken once mid-way through.

serve with rice, couscous, or your favorite grain.
i served it with a fattoush-like salad or salad shirazi with a hummus-like bean dip made of white beans, garbanzo beans, tahini, lime juice, and ginger with salt.

i liked it. highly recommended. very flavorful and simple.


inspired by the lebanese recipe kitchen


morrocan tangerine and olive salad

August 1, 2012

4 large tangerines
1/2 cup halved pitted Kalamata olives or other brine-cured black olives

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 head of butter lettuce, torn into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

whisk the stuff in chunk one, pour it over the stuff in chunk two, and pour that over the stuff in chunk three




fish tagine with chermoula (cilantro marinade)

October 15, 2011

moroccan fish tagine with chermoula

3 lb (1 L or 2 M) firm-fleshed white fish (bass, snapper, etc) (cleaned, gutted)

(for frying later,)

1 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, sliced
¼ t chilli powder
¼ t ground ginger
½ t paprika
2 13-oz cans chopped tomatoes; drained

(marinade / chermoula)

1 handful green olives
3 cloves garlic; finely chopped
Peel from a preserved lemon; chopped
1 bunch flat leaf parsley; chopped
1 bunch coriander; chopped
2 bay leaves
sprigs thyme
1 t paprika
½ t ground cumin
¼ t Chili powder
1 lemon, juiced

To make Moroccan lacto-fermented (preserved) lemons, take 4-5 lemons, wash well and cut into 4, but not all the way through. Sprinkle coarse salt into the cuts, close up the lemons and put them in a large jar. Press down, put a weight on top and close the jar. In a few days sufficient juices should be released to cover the lemons. If not, add more lemon juice. Leave for a month before using and use only the skin, discarding the flesh.
(ed: i do preserved limes this way, but it’s basically the same idea. salt, citrus juice, and time.)

Make the chermoula by combining all the ingredients together to make a thick paste. Slash the sides of the fish in a couple of places to help the heat penetrate evenly. Put in a tagine or other ovenproof dish and rub well with chermoula, making sure there is some in the cavity and in the cuts.

Spread the remaining chermoula under and over the fish. Leave, preferably for several hours, to allow the flavours to develop.

Heat the oil and lightly fry the garlic and spices. Add the tomatoes, sprinkle with salt and simmer until the mixture has reduced and thickened somewhat. There must be enough to cover the fish.

Heat the oven to 200C. Pour the tomato sauce over the fish. Scatter the olives on top, cover the dish and bake for 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size and number of fish.

Accompany with rice if you wish.

yes! i’m tight on money until next week, so i just used some shitty catfish, and it was good! i did triple the spices (maybe more) and added some home-dried habanero flakes, and went pretty heavy on the ginger, which turned out brilliantly. strongly flavored enough to overpower the freezer burned, super-fishy catfish taste, but not overwhelming. recommended. nothing magical or unusual-amazing, but just a good, hearty middle-of-the-week dish.


apricot-honey chicken tagine

April 14, 2011

i combined several recipes i found online to make this, but took most of the technique from this. it could use a little tweaking, but was probably one of the best chicken dishes i’ve ever made. the glaze is out of this world.


let chicken thighs sit in ground cinnamon, turmeric, ginger (fresh and powdered,) and fresh garlic. brown for about eight minutes and remove from pan. fry onion in butter, then add water, browned chicken, and a bundle of cilantro and parsley, and simmer.

in the meantime, start a saucepan with water, dried apricots, honey, and a cinnamon stick. simmer until apricots are tender and sauce has reduced to a glaze.

in the meantime, toast some nuts (i used a frying pan)
i used pistachios because i love them, but almonds would be great, too.

cook chicken for about forty minutes.

top with toasted pistachios and kalamata olives.
serve with a grain (yellow rice? quinoa? fresh grill-bread brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt? dosai?)


lamb apricot tagines to try

November 21, 2010

moroccan food. these are all from arabic food.


lamb apricot tagine

1/4 cup plain flour
8 (180g each) lamb forequarter chops, trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 brown onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 long red chilli, thinly sliced
400g can crushed tomatoes
3/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
2 tablespoons honey
2 small zucchini, thickly sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
steamed couscous and yoghurt, to serve


1.  Preheat oven to 160°C/140°C fan-forced. Place flour and lamb in a large snap-lock bag. Seal. Shake to coat. Heat half the oil in a large, heavy-based flameproof casserole dish over high heat. Cook lamb, in batches, for 2 to 3 minutes each side or until browned. Transfer to a plate.

2. Reduce heat to medium. Heat remaining oil. Add onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, ginger and chilli. Cook for 2 minutes or until softened. Return lamb and juices to pan with tomato, apricot, honey and 2 cups cold water. Cover. Bring to the boil.

3. Transfer to oven. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Skim fat from surface. Add zucchini. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until lamb is tender. Stir in coriander. Serve with couscous and yoghurt.


lamb tagine with honey and apricots

2 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, trimmed of fat (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups diced onions
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 cup chicken broth
8 threads Spanish saffron, crushed
16 fresh cilantro sprigs, tied together with a cotton string
1 cup dried, pitted apricots
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


Cut lamb into 1 1/2-inch cubes and place in a medium-sized bowl. Season the lamb with turmeric, ginger and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Heat a tagine or Dutch oven over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil and half of the seasoned lamb. Cook the lamb until browned on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the lamb from the pan and set aside. Repeat with remaining oil and lamb.

Return the seared lamb to the pan and add the diced onions. Cook, stirring to get the browned bits off the bottom of the pan, for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, saffron, and cilantro bundle and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, covered, for 1 1/2 hours, or until the meat is tender.

Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the apricots and raisins and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain and set the fruit aside.

Using a slotted spoon, remove the meat, place it on a clean plate, and keep warm. Bring the remaining liquid in the pan to a simmer. Add the sliced onions, apricots, raisins, honey, cinnamon, ground pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Return the liquid to a simmer and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until mixture is slightly thickened. Add the cooked lamb back into the sauce and cook to heat through, about 2 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro sprigs. Serve with Moroccan Vegetable Couscous and Moroccan Yogurt with Preserved Lemon Dip.