If you are Muslim and/or you keep the Ramadan fast, the Zayane iftar menuis a ‘can’t miss’ culinary experience (and that’s probably also the case even if you aren’t Muslim!).
We will let you break your fastin the most delectable fashion – our spicy and fragrant harira soup, dates (of course!), authentic msemenand beghrir and boiled eggs all washed down with some soothing Moroccan mint tea.
After this delicious and nutrient rich iftar meal, you can go to the nearby mosque (a couple minutes’ walk away, at most) for prayers, and then return for our Moroccan Lemon Chicken and Couscous Salad for one final treat for your palate and to make sure you’ve given your body the protein, nutrients and energy it will need to have another successful day of joy and contemplation starting the next morning.
And yet, Joe and I recognise that not all of us are able to dine out during Ramadan, for one reason or another.
As a result, we’ve prepared for you an early Eid present… the recipe for our Moroccan London Chicken and Couscous Salad so you can enjoy it at home!
Our recipe makes this dish easy to prepare for your family and friends and it is absolutely delicious. In fact, a recent guest said this dish has ‘mind-blowing flavours’, which I presume is a good thing!
At this point I’d like to echo a something important that I mention in previous Ramadan blogs. This holy month is all about inclusivity – therefore everyone is welcome to Zayane to savour our Ramadan menu, including Muslims who keep the fast, Muslims who choose not to, as well as non-Muslims who are interested in trying something new… and special. Lastly, I hope it is obvious that I have been giving away a Ramadan recipe every week. I hope this goes some way to giving you the chance to have the perfect delicious and authentic Moroccan iftar within the comfort of your own home!
Lastly, if you haven’t checked out my Ramadan menu, here it is!
Recipe for Moroccan Lemon Chicken and Couscous Salad
Ingredients for marinade:
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp chopped parsley
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
Mix all above and pour over chicken. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour (ideally longer!).
Ingredients for the salad:
- 1 small cup cooked couscous
- 1/4 cucumber diced very small
- 2 large tomatoes diced
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 avocado diced
- 1 small cup feta cheese crumbled
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped mint
- Dressing: Lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, cumin, salt, pepper
- Grill the chicken.
- Add some more lemon juice over the chicken and add a pinch of salt (to your tastes).
- In a large to medium bowl, add the lemon juice and whisk in the cumin, salt and pepper. Once mixed, slowly pour in the olive oil whilst whisking until combined.
- Add salad ingredients to this bowl and toss until combined.
- Cut the grilled chicken into thin slices and place over couscous salad.