Zaalouk is one of many traditional Moroccan salads. You will usually eat this dish before the main meal, such as tagine or couscous, arrives. However, this salad is so flavorful and appealing that you might consider eating it as your main meal and skipping everything else altogether!
- Eggplant (a little over 2 pounds)
- Tomatoes (about a pound)
- Sprig of Parsley
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 T Paprika
- ½ t Cumin
- ½ t Salt
- ½ t Cayenne Pepper
- 5 T Oil
[Zaalouk is the salad on the front right of the picture! Yum!]
To begin preparing Zaalouk, peel one kilogram (a little over 2 pounds) of eggplant. Eggplant is the main base of this salad, giving it its distinct taste.
Next, cut the eggplant into small cubes, about one inch, and remove the stems. While you are working with the eggplant, boil water with salt added. Once the eggplant has been prepared, cook it in the boiling water until it is soft.
Then, remove the eggplant and drain it. Use a fork to crush the eggplant. Take a half kilogram of tomatoes (about a pound) and peel and deseed them. Dice the tomatoes and place them in a pot. Chop one sprig of parsley and add that to the pot as well, along with 6 cloves of crushed garlic.
To spice the mixture, add a tablespoon of paprika, and half a teaspoon of cumin, salt and cayenne pepper. Finally, pour in 5 tablespoons of oil. Allow these ingredients to simmer together for approximately 10 minutes. Then, add the crushed eggplant.
Cook this until all the liquid is absorbed and no longer visible.
This salad is definitely one Moroccan food that you will want to try! It is easy enough for you to make at home, so you will be able to take a taste of Morocco home with you.