We travelled to Morocco a few years back and I remember feeling like I stepped back in time. In the medina we visited in Fez, there were no cars. The local mode of transportation was bicycle, donkey or your own two feet. Meshing with the locals adorned in sandals and flowy kaftans, at each turn there were spice stalls, snake charmers, tagine makers, Kobhz bakers or shisha smokers. The passageways were narrow with walls built high. There were levels upon levels of private residences and shop fronts. There was constant movement and noise – gypsies begging for money, prayers being chanted in a mosque, children playing, bells ringing, chicken squawking. It was sensory overload and an unforgettable experience.
I recall my fail safe meal in Morocco being couscous (ok, so technically not rice but it’s pretty darn close). Guaranteed vegan, available anywhere and consistently good – from market stalls, coffee shops to high-end restaurants. Revered as a national dish, I never had a crappy couscous experience.
I had couscous with raisins instead of prunes, but I was all out this time. Prunes work just as good!
Raw Moroccan Cauliflower Couscous
1 small head cauliflower, roughly chopped
1 cup almonds
2 tbs ground coriander
1 tbs curry powder
1 tsp cumin
1/3 c prunes, roughly chopped
handful of diced onion
pinch cayenne pepper
sprinkling of dried mint leaves
sea salt, to taste
Blitz cauliflower and almonds in a food processor until it resembles rice.
Transfer to a bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings.
All I can say is.. YUM! Something different from the usual raw cauliflower rice.
Wonder what raw rice recipe I should try next – any ideas?
Hope you’re all having a good week so far 🙂