Celebrating Eid AL-fitr in Morocco: What’s on the Menu?

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The end of Ramadan is marked by this festival of the breaking of the fast. Gathered in a great explosion of joy, the people share a festive meal with family, neighbors & friends and exchange gifts. Be careful, during these festive days, everything is closed, and life is at a standstill.

Eid el Seghir is celebrated every year on the 1st of Shawal, the month following Ramadan.

This holiday, also called “Eid as-Saghir” (“Small Feast”), is one of the main religious celebrations of Muslims along with the Feast of Sacrifice, called “Eid al-Kabir” (“Great Feast”), seventy days after the end of the month of Ramadan.

Souks, shopping malls and shops are crowded with Moroccans who buy traditional clothes, cakes and decorative items needed for this holiday, which brings the whole family together.

In the afternoon, dressed in their best traditional clothes, the Moroccans embark on the family tour. It is an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones and strengthen the family bond that is so dear to them. Grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren, all gather around a well-stocked table to discuss, play cards, and listen to traditional music and songs. On this occasion, gifts are given to the children. This warm family atmosphere is truly part of a Moroccan intangible heritage, still present despite the sirens of modernity.

Finally , breakfast !

Celebrating Eid Al Fitr is a time-honored tradition that all Muslim families in Morocco look forward to – and it all starts with the most important breakfast of the year!

Traditional sweets like feqas, kaab ghzal, mhencha, and ghriba are the stars of the day, along with baghrir, pancakes drenched in butter and honey, and sweet, flaky rghayef.

No Eid breakfast is complete without a pot of mint tea, “atay,” and Arabo-Andalusian music in the background. Preparation of the traditional Eid breakfast usually begins several days in advance, as the table is so diverse and rich.

Msemmen

Msemmen is a great way to start the day during Eid al Fitr. It is made from semolina flour, which is a hearty wheat-based flour. The dough is kneaded and stretched until it is thin and the edges are crimped to give it a unique look. The flatbread is then cooked in a special pan over a stovetop and served warm with a variety of toppings.

It is traditionally served with honey and butter, or sometimes with jam or cheese.

Msemmen recipe from Flavors of Morocco

Baghrir

Baghrir – a traditional North African delicacy – is a perfect addition to your Eid al Fitr breakfast table. Rich in flavor and texture, this unique dish is sure to make your special morning even more memorable!

Baghrir is a type of flatbread that is made using semolina, flour, and yeast. It is usually served with a variety of toppings, including honey, butter, jam, and cheese. The thin, porous texture of the Baghrir allows it to soak up the scrumptious flavors of its accompaniments, making it a truly delightful addition to your meal.

It’s easy to make baghrir at home. All you need is a large bowl, a wooden spoon, some semolina, flour, yeast, and warm water. Start by mixing the semolina and flour together, then add the yeast and slowly add the warm water until a thick batter forms. Cover the batter with a damp cloth and leave it to rest for an hour.

Once the batter is ready, heat a non-stick pan on medium heat and spoon the batter onto the pan. Cook it on one side until you can see bubbles forming and the edges have become golden brown. Flip it over and cook it on the other side until it is golden brown.

Baghrir recipe from Flavors of Morocco

Moroccan cookies and pastries

For many people, traditional sweets are an integral part of the Eid celebrations. Every family has their own favorite recipes for Eid sweets, but there are some classics that are often seen on the Eid Al Fitr table;from Fekkas to kaab ghzal and ghriba.

Fekkas is a traditional twice-baked Moroccan cookie that is very similar to biscotti. These cookies have been around for centuries and you can find them in almost every corner of Morocco. They come in a variety of different shapes and sizes and with different additions.

Fekkas from cooking with Alia

Ghriba is a melt-in-your-mouth Moroccan shortbread cookie with crackled tops. Toasted sesame seeds and ground almonds add nutty crunch.

Kaab el Ghazal, commonly known as Gazelle Horns or Cornes de Gazelle in French, are a traditional Moroccan dessert with a unique name that literally translates to “gazelle ankles”. These crescent-shaped pastries are made from a delicate pastry filled with almond paste scented with orange flower water and cinnamon, and then baked until barely golden.

Kaab el ghazal from cooking with Alia

Moroccan mint tea

On the Eid table, a delicious traditional Moroccan mint tea (“atay”) is served alongside sweet and savory moroccan cookies, an indispensable part of the celebration!

Enjoy the perfect blend of flavors and the comforting warmth of the tea as you share in this special moment with your family and friends.


Eid Al Fitr lunch

Later in the day, Moroccan families come together to share a special lunch of traditional favorites, such as fragrant couscous, savory tagine, delectable seafood pastilla, and succulent roasted chicken. Enjoying these traditional dishes is a perfect way to celebrate the unique culture and cuisine of Morocco.

Couscous

A traditional dish made of steamed semolina that is usually served with a variety of vegetables, meats, and spices. Couscous is usually cooked in a large pot, and each family member adds their own personal touch to the dish. The result is a hearty, fragrant stew that can be served as the main course or as a side dish.

Couscous recipe from Flavors of Morocco

Tagines

Tagines are an essential part of Moroccan cuisine.These slow-cooked stews are cooked at low temperatures, resulting in tender meat accompanied by aromatic vegetables and sauce.

Traditionally, tagines are cooked in the traditional tagine pot. The pot has a knob-like formation on the top, which makes it easier to remove the lid.

Seafood pastilla :

Moroccan seafood pastilla is a delightful seafood dish that is a staple of Moroccan cuisine. Whether served as an appetizer or an entrée, it’s sure to please your taste buds!

Pastilla from Flavors of Morocco

This dish is a combination of light and flaky phyllo dough, filled with a mixture of seafood, vegetables, and spices. This delicious combination is then baked until golden brown, resulting in a savory, crunchy crust and a flavorful, creamy filling.

When it comes to the seafood, there are many options to choose from, including shrimp, mussels, calamari, and fish.