With roots that can be traced back to a myriad of cultures from the Ottoman Empire to the Moors, its no wonder Moroccan cuisine is unlike any other. The combinations of unusual ingredient pairings combined with sultry spice blends makes this African fare distinct and memorable. “One unique aspect to our food is the blend of sweet and savory,” explains Kitchit chef Omar Zerrei. “I love making chicken bastilla, which is famous for both its texture and flavors. The mix of braised chicken, almonds, filo, cinnamon and powdered sugar is almost like having dessert for dinner!” Below, Omar shares his tips for mastering Moroccan cuisine and some mouth-watering recipes!
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- New York Based Chef Omar Zerrei: Chicken Bastilla and Eggplant Zaalouk