North African Recipes

From Egyptian koshari to Moroccan tagine, Allrecipes has the north African dish you're craving.

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Lamb Tagine

Rating: 4.68 stars
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When I made this dish I left the kitchen window open. The smell attracted several male neighbors, and when my husband came in, he said that it smelled so good, he hoped it was coming from our house and not from someone else's! Serve with my Moroccan Couscous and Cucumber Raita on this site.

Chakchouka (Shakshouka)

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Chakchouka (also called shakshouka) is a Tunisian and Israeli dish of tomatoes, onions, pepper, spices, and eggs. It's usually eaten for breakfast or lunch, but I think it's tasty anytime. And it's easy to make. It is similar to the Turkish dish 'Menemen' and to the Latin American breakfast dish 'Huevos Rancheros.'

Harissa Powder

Rating: 5 stars
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Harissa powder is the ground spice blend of the spicy, earthy North African paste with a base of smoked chili peppers. It can be used as a dry rub on meats or as a spice in place of any other spice blend in your favorite recipe, such as tacos, tagines, braised meats, curries, or even tofu. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month, or until the expiration date of any of the single ingredients, if earlier.

Ras el Hanout

Rating: 4.76 stars
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This spice mix is often called for in many Moroccan dishes.

Traditional Baba Ghanoush

Rating: 4.48 stars
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A traditional recipe for this eggplant dip. It consists of baked eggplant with garlic, lemon juice, and tahini sauce. Dip into this with pita bread and you have yourself a delicious-and-light appetizer.

Moroccan Chicken

Rating: 4.32 stars
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Spices, spices, spices! This recipe is thick with 'em, and your taste buds will be thick with pleasure from Moroccan Chicken. This exotic tasting dish is a definite crowd pleaser!
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Marrakesh Vegetable Curry

Rating: 4.58 stars
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A vegetable-full curry! Serve this curry over your favorite rice and you're sure to have a tasty meal. If you have carrot-ginger juice available to you, try using it in place of the orange juice - either one is delicious!

Chicken Tagine

Rating: 4.22 stars
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This Moroccan slow cooker dish is the perfect blend of sweetness and spice.

Ta'ameya (Egyptian Falafel)

Rating: 4.3 stars
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Falafel, or ta'ameya as we call it in Egypt, is an all-time favorite street food. In most parts of the Middle East, falafel is made with ground chickpeas. However, in Egypt, we make it with dried fava beans. They are best served with pita bread, tomato, onions, and tahini sauce.

Make-Ahead Vegetarian Moroccan Stew

Rating: 4.59 stars
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This delicious, healthy North African-inspired stew is a family favorite, served with warm bread or even over couscous. You can make the entire stew ahead of time, let it cool, and refrigerate it for up to 3 days or freeze it for several months. You can also chop the veggies and mix the spices ahead of time, freeze them, and assemble it with the canned ingredients the day you wish to cook it for a wonderful exotic meal in just 30 minutes.

Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh

Rating: 4.19 stars
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I have been making this Moroccan-style recipe for years. It's so easy to make, it has become a tradition in our household.

Umm Ali

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Umm Ali is a delicious traditional Egyptian dessert equivalent to North America's bread pudding. You can serve it warm with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh

World cuisine doesn’t have to be a budget buster. This Moroccan-style recipe keeps it easy and delicious.

Dukka

This spice mix is essential for an authentic Egyptian spread.

Om Ali

Rating: 4.58 stars
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This Egyptian dessert contains phyllo dough or puff pastry, milk and nuts. Use any kind of nuts that you would like and eat it with a spoon. Legend has it that Om Ali was the first wife of the sultan Ezz El Din Aybek. When the sultan died, his second wife had a dispute with Om Ali, resulting in the second wife's death. To celebrate, Om Ali made this dessert and distributed it among the people of the land.