Western Saharan cuisine

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Western Saharan cuisine is the traditional cuisine of the Western Sahara, a disputed territory in the Maghreb region of North Africa. The cuisine is influenced by the region's native Berber population, as well as by neighboring Moroccan, Algerian, and Mauritanian cuisines.

History[edit | edit source]

The cuisine of Western Sahara has been shaped by the region's long history, with influences from Berber, Arab, French, and Spanish cuisines. The region's location along the Atlantic coast has also made seafood a staple of the diet.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

The main ingredients in Western Saharan cuisine include dates, olive oil, couscous, and various types of meat, including lamb, chicken, and fish. Spices such as saffron, cumin, and cinnamon are also commonly used.

Dishes[edit | edit source]

Some of the most popular dishes in Western Saharan cuisine include:

  • Couscous: A staple food made from semolina wheat, often served with meat and vegetables.
  • Tajine: A slow-cooked stew made with meat, vegetables, and spices, cooked in a special pot called a tajine.
  • Harira: A hearty soup made with lentils, chickpeas, tomatoes, and spices, often eaten to break the fast during Ramadan.

Beverages[edit | edit source]

Traditional beverages in Western Sahara include mint tea, which is often served with meals, and date wine, a fermented drink made from dates.

See also[edit | edit source]

Western Saharan cuisine Resources
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