The Difference In Moroccan And Arabian Cuisine


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Arabic cuisine is generally the cuisine of the Arabs themselves, defined by the many different local cuisines ranging from the Maghreb to the Arabian Peninsula and the Trans-Jordanian border. These cuisines have been around for hundreds of years and reflect the rich culture of trading, farming, and exchanging goods. There are several types of Arab food, each with its own distinctive style and taste. One thing they do share though, is their love of salt and their use of meat and fish as ingredients. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular kinds of Arab cuisine.

Shawrama Is A Type Of Arabian Cuisine

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Probably one of the most familiar types of Arabian cuisine, sahr, or spring, is generally served during the hot summer months. It’s made up of dishes of rice, fish, and chicken, usually eaten with fresh mint or lemon juice. It’s a diet that consists largely of rice and similar products, such as dates and lentils. To make it, the meal is usually completed with a dessert of raw vegetables. This dish generally goes well when paired with the type of citrus that best compliments the taste of rice.

Shawrama is a type of Arabian cuisine that’s generally vegetarian and consists of dishes of meat, fish, or seafood, served in an all-meat or all-fish dining experience. This dish is a great example of the extensive use of spices in Arabic cuisine. A typical meal would start with an appetizer of grilled meat, followed by a dish of shawarma, a flavorful stew made with meat or fish, served on top of flatbread or a khichdi. Another famous dish in shawarma is the kebabs that are cooked on the grill or in an oven.

Humus – Famous Dish In This Style Of Arabian Cuisine

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Dahliro is a type of Iranian cuisine that’s characterized by the use of meat as a main ingredient, and is a very popular dish among the Arabic speaking people. Dahliro is different from other Arabic cuisines in the sense that it’s not served with any dessert; rather it’s served with salty or fresh vegetables. The meat is marinated in yogurt or garlic before being cooked. The dishes are usually served with salads, which are also common in the Arab countries. Another famous dish in this style of Arabian cuisine is humus. This dish is made by combining various meat products (such as chicken or beef) and mayonnaise and served with bread rolls.

Although most Muslim Arabs in the world are used to eating chicken as part of their diets, Arabian cuisine makes use of chicken even though the name is given to it due to its relationship with Islamic law. Although there aren’t many chicken dishes in Islamic law, Islamic cuisine itself is based upon traditions and nature of living of Arab countries, so the use of chicken is only allowed under certain conditions. These conditions are related to the rules of food preservation. The rules are in regard to preserving the meat and food, especially fish.

The Dishes Use A Large Amount Of Beans And Legumes

Moroccan cuisine is characterized by rice and meat, which are staples of the Arab countries. However, the dishes use a large amount of beans and legumes. Unlike the Islamic cuisines, Moroccan cuisine prefers fruit, vegetables and nuts as main ingredients for their dishes. Morocco is one of the few countries in the world where you will find all the three types of meals – meat, vegetables and fruits, all together.

In spite of the differences in the types of foods, the similarities also exist in Arabian cuisine. Moroccan cuisine almost exclusively includes dates, which is common in all Arab countries. This common ingredient is used in various forms such as cakes, cookies and pastries. Other common ingredients include nuts, olives, mints, berries and saffron. Pine nuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts are popularly included in the dessert. A typical dessert is made from dates and mixed with honey and lemon.

Final Thoughts

Similar dishes can be prepared in both the Arabic and Islamic cuisines. A variety of dishes that include rice, fish, meat, lentil and even peanuts are available in both cuisines. The most important difference between the dishes is that in most dishes in Arabic cuisine, chicken is used whereas in Islamic dishes, chicken and beef are the most preferred choices.

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