Generally speaking, food is something that allures a tourist the most in a particular new country. Tunisian cuisine is no different on that note. Travelers often find it a reason to come back to Tunisia for the exotic traditional cuisines the country serves, apart from its history, culture and exotic temperatures. Like all countries in the Mediterranean basin, Tunisia offers a “sun cuisine,” based mainly on olive oil, spices, tomatoes, seafood and meat, especially lamb.
Tunisian cuisine has a huge variety, though we are enlisting 5 of them:
Brik or Breek
One of the most renowned Tunisian dishes, Brik is prepared in a handmade pastry shell with fillings of eggs, parsley and tuna. There are cheese and caper varieties as well. Once the filling is put, the pastry is folded into a triangle, fried to golden perfection in grapeseed oil and garnished with lemon juice.
Couscous is the centerpiece of traditional Tunisian cuisine. This staple food, which is derived from semolina, is popular across Northern African and is present on nearly every dinner table in Tunisia. In coastal regions, cooks prefer to serve it with fish, while interior regions opt for lamb, seafood and dried fruit.
This is a basic salad in its rawest form possible, where egg and tuna are teamed with chopped tomato, onion and cucumber. Beans, carrots and olives are also added to give an extra dimension to it. This dish emphasizes on freshness through the ingredients and the garnishing part which is done by adding olive oil and lemon added on top.
Lamb a la Gargoulette
As the name suggests, the main ingredient of the dish is lamb. The most interesting point of this dish is the cooking process that is subject to a medieval manual which is available exclusively in Tunisia. It ultimately presents a concoction that goes inside the dish, made of lamp stewed with peppers, paprika and tomatoes, is totally divine.
This is a dish that “should be tried before you die” and no, we are not overrating it. It is exclusive in its way of preparation that is done by very few people. A flat loaf is place on an open fire in contact with hot sand and embers which is cooked till the crust is crunchy.
If you are interested in more traditional Tunisian cuisine, check out the recipes at Fafani Foods where all the dishes are locally sustained and cooked with old world style. Contact www.fafanifoods.com or call at 844-232-1411 for details.