Moroccan cuisine Recipes from Zayane Restaurant London

The Art of Moroccan Mint Tea

Are you a mint tea lover? If so, how much do you really know about it? Such a simple combination of ingredients has created a symphony of flavours and aromas that not only has a long history, but offers lots of health benefits too!  Whether you are a regular mint tea drinker or not, this article will give you a reason to incorporate it in your everyday life!

Moroccan mint tea cannot be compared to earl grey or English breakfast, simply because there is so much more to it than its taste. Moroccans embraced tea drinking as part of their culture somewhere between the 12th and 18th century, however historians cannot be sure of the exact century. Mint tea has been the centre of Morocco’s social life ever since. Even though women were always in charge of the kitchen and all food preparations, the head male of the family is the one who prepares and serves the tea. The serving of mint tea to the guests always happens in a ceremonial form and is considered as a sign of hospitality and friendship. Refusing the mint tea offered to you would be perceived as impolite.  Mint tea is also a vital part in all business transactions, ceremonies or celebrations in Morocco and is often referred to as ““Whiskey Berbère” (Berber whiskey).

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Morocco’s national drink is fairly easy to prepare but hard to serve.  It only takes green tea, fresh mint leaves, sugar and boiling water to make it. When it comes to serving it, things get more complicated. Mint tea must be poured into the glasses from high above. This serving method aerates the tea, enhances the mint flavour and helps loose tea leaves swirl to the bottom of the glass. It is also considered as a way of showing respect to the guests.

 

Apart from the amazing aroma and great taste of it, mint tea offers multiple health benefits too! It is a powerful antioxidant, can relieve symptoms of indigestion and congestion and has calming properties.  It can also help clear up skin disorders, relieve minor aches and pains and contains lots of vitamins and minerals.

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Moroccan mint tea is an authentic recipe that has survived throughout many centuries and is a delight for anyone who’s tried it. Its minty-sweet taste, deep scent, dark golden colour and its long history are just some of the elements that make it unique. Luckily for you, we understand that sometimes you need to just make tea at the comfort of your own home so we are sharing Zayane’s authentic Moroccan mint tea recipe below! Best part is you can enjoy it with some of our traditional Moroccan biscuits

 

 

Moroccan Mint Tea – serves 4

 

10 fresh mint sprigs, plus 4 for garnish

3 teaspoons green tea

3 tablespoons sugar

4 cups water

 

Boil 4 cups of water and pour a small amount of it in a teapot. Swish around to warm the pot. Combine the mint, green tea and sugar in the teapot, then fill it with the rest of the hot water. Let the tea brew, stirring the leaves occasionally, for 3 minutes.

 

Don’t forget, that the hard part is serving the tea, so make sure to try pouring it in the glasses from high above a couple of times before inviting your friends over!

Everything a foodie needs to know about couscous.

 

London foodies – you have tried couscous but do you really know what it is? Zayane does and we will share it in this post! Couscous has a fascinating history, it’s extremely healthy, it can be enjoyed in many ways and it’s suitable for vegetarians! If you haven’t tried it yet, we hope you will after reading our blog.

 

Couscous is made of steamed semolina and is traditionally served with meat or vegetables spooned over it. Even its name is exciting. It derives from the berber word “seksu” which means “well formed”.  The pronunciation of the word changes among different countries and languages.  “kuskusi” (Arabic), “seksu or kesku” (Moroccan) “taam” (Algerian) and “koski or kuseksi” (Libya) are just some of the existing versions.

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History

Even though couscous’s exact origins are uncertain the Berbers cooked the dish back in 238 BC, probably because it was easy to prepare in the desert by nomadic and agricultural tribes. It was during the 13th century when the first mention of couscous was written on an African cookbook Kitāb al-tabǐkh fǐ al-Maghrib wa’l-Andalus “The cookbook of the Maghreb and Andalusia”.

 

Nutritional value

Couscous is a great source of protein, fibre, and minerals. One cup of couscous provides you with a great source of protein, 2 grams of dietary fibre and around 61% of your daily selenium intake.  Couscous is an unprocessed whole grain food, which means that all essentials vitamins such as thiamin, niacin and vitamin B are kept in the grain and are not lost during processing. It also contains lots of trace minerals such as selenium and magnesium, which boost metabolism of thyroid hormones.

 

 

Types of couscous

There are three different types of couscous, Moroccan, Israeli and Lebanese. The difference between them is in the size of the grains. Moroccan couscous is the smallest one and therefore cooks very fast.  The Israeli is medium in terms of size and is usually steamed with a traditional cooking method. Finally, the Lebanese one is the largest of the three types, and each grain is about the size of a pea.Couscous

How to enjoy couscous

Couscous is not usually enjoyed on its own.  A great way to add couscous in your diet is by incorporating it in your salads. It also goes great with stuffed vegetables and as a side dish with stews and grilled meats.

 

At Zayane, we believe that couscous is a vital part of Moroccan cuisine and we make sure to cook it traditionally, to maintain its flavours and taste. Our whole wheat couscous, tomato, mozzarella, parsley, basil and balsamic dressing super salad makes a great choice for a light lunch or dinner. It is perfect during the spring weather and will definitely keep you full and energised for the day. It is nutritious, healthy and low in calories.

Veal and Couscous Zayane Restaurant

Eat & Drink Moroccan to Stay Health

 

 

 

Cous cous, chickpeas, chicken, turmeric and ginger are just some of the most frequently used ingredients in Moroccan cuisine and represent a mix of flavours that has derived from Morocco’s interactions and exchanges with different cultures such as Mediterranean, Arabic and Andalusian. Apart from the unique flavour of these ingredients, Moroccan cuisine offers lots of health benefits too.

 

 

Moroccan mint tea

Moroccan Mint Tea

The mint tea is part of Morocco’s tradition and hospitality rituals and a sign of a warm welcome to the house.  Most people though are not aware of the health benefits it has to offer. It is a powerful antioxidant that can help you fight irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion. Its calming properties are a great way to end a stressful day or to relieve you from sleep deprivation. Some people say that it is also great for fighting allergies, too!

 

Turmeric

 

Turmeric is a yellow-orange powdered spice frequently used in Moroccan cooking. It gives food an orange and ginger scent, and is widely used in most Asian dishes. According to research, turmeric has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, which could potentially have an effect on cancer, diabetes and heart diseases.

 

Preserved lemons

 

Preserved lemons are an essential ingredient when making Moroccan tagines. Lemon peel consists of soluble pectin fibre, which can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and can potentially reduce the risk of heart diseases. Lemons also contain high levels of Vitamin C and potassium, which lead to antioxidant properties as well as cell and blood vessel protection. Current studies are exploring the anti-carcinogenic properties of limonene, a type of phytochemical that can be found in the citrus fruit.

Preserved Lemons

 

Couscous

 

This North African food is often mistaken for a grain but it is actually made of durum wheat or semolina flour and has a wide variety of health benefits. Couscous has the ability to prevent certain types of cancer, improve cardiovascular health due to its high levels of selenium and protect you from conditions such as arteriosclerosis and strokes. Its antioxidant capabilities can also protect your immune system.

 

 

 

Ginger

 

Ginger is one of healthiest and most delicious spices and is also used very often in Moroccan cuisine. This rhizome has lots of uses in alternative medicine, can treat forms of nausea and reduce muscle pains. It also has anti-inflammatory effects and can lower blood sugar. Finally, ginger can help treat chronic indigestion.

 

Ginger Roots

 

Moroccan cuisine, offers not only delicious meals full of oriental flavours but also ingredients that provide benefits for a healthy body and mind. It is easy to incorporate some of these ingredients in your daily cooking to give a kick to your diet and lifestyle!

 

This January: BUFFET WITH SUPERFOODS, TANGINES AND MORE

At Zayane we are always working to offer something new and we decided to start the year with a mix of superfoods and traditional tangines and much more. All-you-can-eat offer for only £14.99
We love kids so for all your little ones under 8 years old they are on the house and will eat for free.
Vegetarians, Vegans, gluten free available!
Make sure you book your table as we’ll be busy on this lunch time only offer from Tuesday to Sunday.

Zayane is now catering for events

Moroccan Food Events Catering Notting Hill

 

An Arabian Night in Shoreditch, London, with the Gnawa band and proper belly dancers entertaining guests while a delicious buffet based on Lamb Mechoui, chicken pastilla, couscous with vegetables and Moroccan biscuists were provided by Zayane. We could not forget to provide Shisha and mint tea through the evening for all the guests.

Zayane Moroccan Food Catering

If you are thinking of a special night and would like our help please don’t hesitate to contact us  or give us a call at +44 020 89601137

Zayane’s Free Cooking Classes for Kids

At Zayane we we believe in sharing our knowledge with the community and in particular for the next generation. Our commitment to great healthy and tasty food is one that extends to getting this better appreciated and valued in society as a whole.

For these reasons we have been offering free cooking classes for young children. Involving all of our staff, from the owner to our Chef and staff, groups of children have come into our kitchen, learned some basic recipes and cooking techniques and taken the pleasure of modern Moroccan food home to their parents.

The classes are organised through a local school and the kids have a great time. It’s proved to be a great success and we hope to continue this initiative and other like it.

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