Tunisia is located at the northernmost tip of Africa, surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea on two sides. The country is influenced by both the desert and Mediterranean cultures, which is easily apparent in their cuisine. At Fafani Foods, we always encourage people to try different foods from all over the world. When you get out of your comfort zone, there are several options to explore and that includes Tunisian cooking.
What are the primary ingredients?
If you’re fond of Italian, French, or Mediterranean cooking, you’ve all the ingredients needed make Tunisian food. It offers “sun cuisine” with primary ingredients like olive oil, seafood, meat, garlic, tomatoes, and spices. They also use rose water, jasmine water, orange blossom water, and geranium water regularly in their food. This adds a special touch to all dishes, making them stand apart from the traditional Mediterranean fare.
This is one of the most important condiments in Tunisian cuisine. The dish is made from red chili peppers, different herbs, spices, garlic paste, coriander seeds, etc, preserved in olive oil. Harissa is used in several native dishes, combined with everything from seafood to vegetables. You can purchase pre-made harissa from stores or make some at home with good quality ingredients and great extra virgin olive oil. Harissa recipes are available online so you can get fresh condiment for your Tunisian dishes.
Some dishes are popular and served regularly in restaurants. Here’s a list of must-have Tunisian dishes:
Brik – This is a popular dish, usually served at the second course of Ramadan. It’s an easy-to-bake pastry with different fillings like eggs, meat, tuna, cheese, or capers, etc. Different variations of this pastry available online, and all of them are flavorful.
Couscous – Couscous is the national dish and is an essential part of Tunisian cuisine. This is a popular and frequently served dish, with sides of lamb, vegetables, cold board beans, or cardoons.
Salad Mechouia – Salad Mechouia is a summer dish made from red chilies and tomatoes. You can customize it to suit your taste by increasing or decreasing the amount of chili. It’s a popular side dish and Tunisian people eat it with grilled fish, lamb, eggs, or tuna.
If you want to know more about Tunisian cuisine or want extra virgin olive oil to make it, don’t hesitate to call us at Fafani Foods at 844-232-1411 or contact us through this form.