10 Iconic Ramadan Moroccan Dishes

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The iftar meal, also known as ftour in Morocco, provides an opportunity to break the daylong fast that is observed from sunrise to sunset. This meal, which literally means “breakfast”, is a special moment that marks the end of the fast and the beginning of the night. This article will take you on a culinary journey of the 10 iconic Moroccan Ramadan dishes that are staples on the Moroccan Ramadan table.

Harira

Harira is a traditional Moroccan soup made from a delicious blend of tomatoes, lentils, and chickpeas. Tastefully seasoned with zesty herbs and spices, it’s no surprise that this flavorful soup has become a favorite among Moroccan food lovers. Harira is more than just a tasty soup. It’s also an essential part of the Ramadan table, where it’s served as a special dish to break the fast , often served alongside Chebakia (Moroccan Sweets) and dates. For many Moroccans, a meal during Ramadan is incomplete without the delicious flavor of Harira!

Chebakia

Discover a unique and delicious combination of flavors with Moroccan harira and sweet treats like dates and chebakia. The sweetness of these treats perfectly balances the tomato saltiness of harira, creating a special culinary experience. Chebakia is a flavored cookie that is fried and then soaked in honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds, providing a delightful contrast to the harira.

Sellou

Sellou is a ground mixture of flour, seeds, and nuts. Each ingredient is roasted separately before being mixed and ground. It is a flavorful and nutritious way to break your fast or to be eaten with milk for sohour. Sellou is a sweet treat that is sure to be a hit at your Ramadan gathering!

Briwats

Briwats are delicious stuffed pastry triangles made with “warqa” (a Moroccan pastry, made in a thin sheet format, such as phyllo pastry) and a rich and flavorful filling. There are two delicious types of briwats to choose from: sweet and savory! Sweet briwats are made with a fragrant almond or peanut paste that’s mixed with orange flower water, then deep-fried to golden perfection and dipped in sweet honey. Savory briwats are larger in size and filled with a succulent combination of seafood, chicken, or ground red meat, cheese or vegetables.

Batbout – Moroccan pita bread

Batbout is a traditional Moroccan pita, or an American equivalent of sandwich bread. This flatbread is often made into smaller versions, split in half, and stuffed with everything from spiced meats to salads and cheeses, creating delicious, bite-sized sandwiches for the iftar table. Replicate Batbout wherever you are today!

Baghrir

The Ramadan table is not complete without baghrir, the fluffy, honeycomb-like pancakes that are a staple of Moroccan cuisine. These light, airy pancakes are perfect for sharing and make a delicious addition to your iftar or suhoor meal. Whether you serve them with butter and honey, jam, or olive oil, baghrir will bring the perfect taste to your Ramadan table.

Msemen

From its crispy exterior to its soft and fluffy interior, Msemen is a mouth-watering Moroccan flatbread made with layers of flaky dough. These pancakes are a true delight – enjoy them with a variety of savory toppings. From honey and smen, to honey and butter, cheese and jam, you can have these pancakes your way – sweet or savory! Just change a few ingredients and cook with a couple of different elements to get savory msemen. And for the filling, you can go for something classic like minced meat, onions, and pepper, or try something different like msemen with khlii. Enjoy its warm, flaky texture and savory flavor as you break your fast! Bring the flavors of the Msemen right into your kitchen!

Harcha

Harcha, or Moroccan pancakes, are the perfect way to break the fast. Made with a semolina, these pancakes provide a filling yet easy-to-digest meal. The name Harcha comes from the Arabic word for “rough,” referring to their rustic, crunchy exterior and soft, moist interior. As they cook, more semolina is sprinkled on the outside, giving them an unmistakable texture and flavor. These pancakes are best enjoyed with butter, jam, honey, fig jam, grape molasses, melted butter, and a sprinkle of cinnamon for added sweetness. Not only is it a perfect way to start the day, but it is also traditionally served during Ramadan to end a long day’s fast.

Moroccan mint tea

Mint tea is not just the most popular Moroccan beverage, it’s also the best refreshment after a day of fasting. Made with dried tea leaves and fresh spearmint leaves, its aroma is an enticement that is hard to resist.

Moroccan Avocado Almond smoothie

Moroccan Avocado Almond Smoothie is enjoyed all year round, but especially during Ramadan! This super popular drink is perfect for refreshing and energizing your senses – it’s packed full of healthy ingredients like avocados, almonds, and dates, giving you all the vitamins and minerals you need to stay energized and hydrated throughout the day. For extra indulgence, top it off with some honey, almond extract, or finely crushed almonds.

Learn how to replicate Ramadan’s classic recipes right in your kitchen with the “Ramadan Flavors: 10 Classic Moroccan Ramadan Recipes” cookbook