Beef kefta street food, Moulay Idriss, Morocco
Beef Kefta street food, Moulay Idriss, Middle Atlas, Morocco 2016-08-11.
Kefta refers to all things minced in Moroccan Darija and street food beef kefta is generally small patties of beef which have been spiced with cumin, paprika, garlic, onions and parsley and cooked over hot charcoals to add a smokey flavour. It can be served up as a sandwich which is stuffed with griddled onions and and tomato but can also come as as a platter with plates of olives, harissa paste, griddled tomatoes, onions and crusty bread.
Lying in the heart of Morocco’s most treasured agricultural region, with fertile ground for livestock, Moulay Idriss is famous for it’s beef kefta speciality.
Like many Moroccan dishes, the key is adding final touches at the end suited to your own taste. Sprinkle with heavy pinches of freshly ground cumin, salt, black pepper and paprika to really understand why it’s so popular.
The patties can also be prepared as a tagine by covering them in tomato sauce and slow cooking. Eggs are often cracked into the middle of the sauce with a sprinkle of fresh parsley during the final stages of cooking.
Whether served up as a sandwich with charcoal griddled onions and tomato, eaten as platter with plates of olives, harissa paste, griddled tomatoes and onions or slow cooked in a tagine by covering them in a spiced tomato sauce and cracking eggs in at the end, kefta is a favourite street food in Northern Morocco.
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