Budget travel becomes more and more popular. We try to save money on transport, accommodation and food. Here is a list of delicious Moroccan foods that won’t be painful for your wallet and will fill up your stomach. Both, vegetarians and meat eaters will find something for themselves! There are also some propositions for vegans. If you’re backpacking Morocco – read on!
Bissara – a thick soup (or rather a dip) made from wide beans, olive oil and spices. Very popular in the north, but eaten everywhere in Morocco. My recipe for bissara is here.
Price: 5 MAD in local places, up to 20 MAD in tourist places
Msmen– a thick, layered pancake that you can eat with cream cheese, jam, amlou or honey. Perfect morning stomach filler.
Price: generally around 2 MAD, up to 7 MAD depending on the stuffing you want.
Harira– a thick, stuffing soup. In Atlas mountains it is usually white, I personally prefer the red one (tomato) that is popular in Casablanca, Rabat and its region.
Price: 5 MAD, in touristy places around 20 MAD (like Jamaa el Fnaa or so)
Snails– something that you won’t find in restaurants! Recommended in the winter, a bowl of snails comes with a spicy, herbal soup.
Price: 10 MAD
Tajine– there are many different kinds of tajine. I wrote more about them here.
Price: for 20 MAD you can eat a good one in popular places, in touristy ones you may pay around 70, in the fancy ones around 150.
Sandwich with omlette – round bread stuffed with scrambles eggs (optionally with cheese or olive oil too). Goes perfectly with a glass of mint tea or a fresh juice.
Price: 5-8 MAD
Mkila – My forever number one. Eggs with tomatoes, shrimps (sometimes also calamars) and olive oil. Eaten with bread. A must-try in the coast cities. I ate the best one in the port of Casablanca – more about it here.
Price: 12-20 MAD
Lentils – Simply lentils with onion. Eaten with bread. Simple, cheap, nothing fancy, very stuffing.
Price: 10-15 MAD
Shawarma – donner, kebab… In Morocco it is called a shawarma. Thin, Lebanese bread with salad and chicken or beef. Served all around the country in all snack bars. Not very Moroccan, but very popular and appreciated by Moroccans. (no photo, sorry)
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Price: 20 MAD
Avocado juice with dried fruits – a very thick smoothie, can well replace a meal!
Price: 15 MAD
Currency converter: 1 EUR ~10 MAD
And some recommendations for cooking Moroccan at home:
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