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Vegetarian Moroccan Meal Ideas

I’m eating less and less meat these days. I’m not sure if it’s just a loss of appetite for it or that I’m simply enjoying other things. It feels like summer hasn’t left Morocco, temperatures are still high and we’re enjoying lots of fresh produce better take advantage of it while it lasts!

These are some very simple vegetarian Moroccan recipes that you can make at home

Instant Pot Moroccan Lentils

One of the first Moroccan recipes that I learned how to make was this lentil dish. It’s very commonly served for lunch but can also be a side dish. Moroccans eat this with bread (not a spoon or fork) but feel free to eat it however you’d like.

 Ma’akouda Patties

These potato patties are simple to make and a great way to use leftover potatoes. People of all ages love them and they warm you up on a cold evening. Eat them as they are or make them the Saouri way in a sandwich.

Vegetarian Harira

This soup is a Moroccan classic. It’s mostly eaten during Ramadan and in the wintertime. You can adjust the quantity based on how many people you’ll be feeding. I suggest cooking the rice and noodles separately and then add them as needed or else they tend to get mushy.

Moroccan Fava Bean Soup Bssara


MarocBaba loves one thing more than any other and that’s b’ssara. You can find variations of this fava bean pulse throughout the Mediterranean. Moroccans make it a little extra special with the inclusion of garlic and spices. Make it thick for a dip or thin it down for a soup.


Moroccan Carrot, Chickpea, Dried Fruit and Almond Salad

This guest post was one of my favorites because it combines all of the flavors I love about Morocco. Nuts, dried fruits, and fresh produce. I think it’s great as a main dish or serve it along side a yummy tajine.

Moroccan Spiced Edamame

 Moroccan Spiced Edamame

This very easy snack is good for you and very tasty. My kids love to eat them as they are or mix them up with nuts and other tasty treats for a snack mix. I suggest making a double or triple batch – they’ll be gone before you know it.

Moroccan Chickpea Tajine

Chickpeas aren’t usually served alone; they’re combined with meat dishes or mixed into soups. There’s no hummus in Moroccan cuisine. But this dish takes all the flavors used in meat dishes and concentrates them on the chickpeas. I pair this with harissa for a great burst of flavors.

Moroccan Salads

The vast majority of Moroccan salads are vegetarian. They aren’t what you think of when you hear the word salad; nearly all of these are cooked. Make several of these to build up a dinner plate, pair some some fresh items or stuff into Moroccan bread for a sandwich meal.

Couscous and Bread

Oven Roasted Vegetable Couscous

My sister made this vegetarian, gluten-free couscous with the help of some rice couscous. It’s different than traditional couscous, you season and roast the vegetables first and top the couscous with them. There are a few other great recipes here too like.

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Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Hi! Dear Sir Amanda, You're all awesome people. Thanks for sharing recipes. Thanks and regards Mahendra India.

Brenda Qonoufou

Friday 13th of February 2015

My favourite vegetarian Moroccan food is: Spicy tagine with carrots and chickpeas (in winter) oliveoil, 1 onion, 3 garlic chopped, spices: turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, salt, cayennnepepper, black pepper, 3-4 medium carrots in slices, 1 tsp. honey, 800 grams chickpeas (pre-cooked), fresh coriander chopped, 1 lemon in slices.

Heat the oil, bake onion & garlic until softened. Add turmeric, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, black pepper, honey en carrots. Then add water till everything is under water. Close the skillet and let it stew for 15 minutes on low fire. Add the chickpeas and check if there's still enough water. Close of the pan again and let it stew for 10 minutes. Season with salt. For taste: drizzle with rosewater and coriander. Add the lemonparts and (greek)yoghurt.

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Wednesday 5th of November 2014

love the idea of the patties!

The Educational Tourist

Wednesday 5th of November 2014

These all sound fantastic and I can't wait to try them. I have not had the spiced edamame and they look fabulous!

We loved the food choices in Morocco! Thanks for sharing these recipes.

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

Lynn Sheppard

Wednesday 5th of November 2014

Hi Amanda, where on earth do you find edamame in Morocco?! I have been enjoying corn couscous lately - called bdez - much easier to digest than the wheat variety Thanks for this post - I'm gonna share it :-)

Amanda Mouttaki

Thursday 6th of November 2014

I've found it in the frozen foods at Carrefour a few times. There's also an Asian man in Marche Centrale who sometimes has them.