Tunisian Food: 8 Favourite Dishes to Discover

Tunisian Food: 8 Favourite Dishes to Discover
From Fine Dining Lovers - March 8, 2018

Tunisian cuisine is full of flavors. A wealth explained by the many legacies that Tunisia has received throughout its history, from Berber cultures to Andalusian, Arab populations through to the Italian, Jewish and Turkish.

Even today, the country remains marked by these different traditions with the most common ingredients of Tunisian cuisine being wheat, olives, meat, fish and seafood. Spices and pepper also form an integral part of local gastronomy.

Here are 8 typical dishes to get a better taste of traditional Tunisian food.

1. Chakchouka (pictured above)

We find chakchouka in many countries of the Maghreb or the Middle East. In Tunisia, it's prepared with soft-boiled eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices, all in olive oil.

2. Pasta, the Most Consumed Dish in Tunisian Cuisine

If couscous remains the traditional dish of Tunisian cuisine, the most consumed dish in Tunisia is pasta. There are many varieties such as nouacers - squares and steamed - rechta - noodles -, m'hamsa or stuffed pasta.

They are usually served in soup or with meat, tomato sauce, chickpeas, peppers and spices.

3. Couscous

Couscous is the traditional dish par excellence, especially for ceremonies. Of Berber origin, it is found throughout the Maghreb and consists of semolina, vegetables and meat - usually lamb.

In Tunisia, we often find couscous djerbien (Djerba) where meat or fish are seasoned and steamed with vegetables. The dried meat is preserved in olive oil, with pepper and crushed green pepper and coarse salt

In the north of the country, there is also mesfouf, a sweet couscous served as a dessert.

Click here to discover the different couscous prepared around the world.

4. Chorba

5. Lablabi

6. Mchouia salad

7. Keftas

8. Tunisian Traditional Desserts


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