The Perfect Pairing of Salt and Cumin in Moroccan Cuisine

While many Moroccan dishes are famously complex, such as Chicken Bastilla, or robustly seasoned, such as a Moroccan Meatball Tagine, it would be wrong to overlook the other side of Moroccan cuisine, where simple foods and flavors deserve our highest praise.

The perfect pairing of cumin and salt comes to mind. This seasoning duo is popular in Moroccan cuisine, both as a garnish to finished dishes and as a condiment on the table which begs you to dip right on in. Not only are they surprisingly satisfying with the dishes below, but you'll be glad to know that along with its great flavor, cumin is loaded with health benefits.

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    Moroccan Split Pea Bessara

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    Split peas are cooked to a fabulous puree in this comfort food favorite. Serve bessara as a soup or dip with a generous dusting of cumin and a swirl of olive oil.

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    Kalinti - Chickpea Flour Tart

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    Moroccan Kalinti (Karane, Karantika. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    You're most likely to encounter kalinti in the North, where this chickpea flour and egg tart is sold as a street food. Cumin, salt and harissa are standard condiments which add lively flavor.

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    Moroccan Fava Beans with Salt and Cumin

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    Fresh Fava Beans with Salt and Cumin. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    To peel or not to peel -- the decision is left to each diner. The favas are boiled and then simply served as a finger food with salt and cumin on the side for dipping. Surprisingly satisfying and addicting, and you'll find yourself reaching back for more.

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    Moroccan Mechoui Recipe - Slow-Roasted Leg of Lamb

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    Moroccan Mechoui - Roasted Lamb. Paolo Negri/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty images

    No matter how it's seasoned, roast lamb is almost always served with salt and cumin on the side for dipping. Try it – you'll never want to eat lamb with a fork and knife again!

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    Moroccan Baked Sardines

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    Moroccan Baked Sardines. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    These healthy and flavorful fish are plentiful in the waters off the coast of Morocco. One of the simplest ways to enjoy them is to bake them on a bed of salt with little or no added spices. Cumin, salt and lemon, offered at the table as condiments, are all the seasoning they need.

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    Moroccan Roasted Eggplant Recipe

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    Lemon, cumin and salt are the perfect finishing touch for this easy eggplant side which can be enjoyed as a finger food. 

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    Moroccan Fried Eggs with Cumin and Salt

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Try the Moroccan way to serve fried eggs; we break the yolks, but you can go ahead and leave them intact if you prefer. In either case, the normal treatment is to dust the eggs generously with salt and cumin. Easy, simple and so good!