Vegetarian Food In Tangier Morocco
There are many great options for vegetarian food here in Tangier, but you have to know where to look and what to ask for, or you could end up with all your veggies deep fried and salted.
Typically salads here contain Tuna, so if you don’t eat fish, say so ahead of time, and often they have mayonnaise for dressing, so if that’s not your thing, just ask for some oil and vinegar if they’re not already on the table. And remember that unwashed veggies are a dietary NO-NO for tourists, so pick a clean looking restaurant!
Tagine is a kind of thick, reduced stew with saffron, ginger, and other local spices. It usually contains a liberal amount of olive oil, and is frequently made with animal ingredients like chicken bullion.
Harira and Bysara
Harira is a hearty tomato-based vegetable soup with chickpeas and cilantro. Usually the cheapest item on the menu, but not always made fresh except during the month of Ramadan. Keep in mind that some places serve harira with boiled chicken in it, but don’t list that on the menu.
Bysara is a thick split pea soup made with garlic, cumin and strong olive oil. It’s blue collar fare, but fully vegetarian. Don’t let the army green color fool you this satisfying dish is a local favorite.
Fresh Fruit from Vendors
Fresh fruit is available here at unbeatable prices, and varieties that can’t be matched in the supermarkets of Europe and the US. But REMEMBER: you absolutely must wash local produce before eating, preferably by scrubbing with soap and water, or rinsing with a diluted bleach or other veggie cleaning solution.
Vegetable Cous Cous
Cous Cous, Morocco’s signature dish is normally served with chicken or beef, but on request can easily be made with only vegetables cooked in broth. Don’t forget the t’fayah a sugary sauce made from caramelized onions and cinnamon.
The Organic Revolution
To people accustomed to paying extra for ingredients that are farm-fresh, organic, or locally grown, it can be a surprise that much of Moroccan produce is hand-grown by local farmers. Tomatoes in particular are unbeatable compared their warehouse-ripened cousins.