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Moroccan Food comes back to India which is considered as healthiest cuisine in world

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New Delhi: India’s love affair with Morocco is nearly 700 years old, from much before the country’s cuisine gained international repute, if one considers that a North African nobleman named Ibn Batuta’s account of life in the Delhi Sultanate is a primary source of information for studying the culture and customs of that period. This Moroccan scholar and judge came to Delhi to join the Sultan’s service and lived in India from 1334 to 1341.

Located on the southern rim of the Mediterranean, Morocco was on the Spice Route from Kerala to the Middle East and Europe and, therefore, acquired a number of spices, while there is a lot of Indian influence in Moroccan food, Ambassador to India Mohammed Maliki said at a preview lunch for the Moroccan Food Festival that got underway here on Friday.

 

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The Mediterranean diet is considered among the healthiest in the world and Moroccan cuisine has a “wide variety of food for every kind of palette”, the Ambassador said, unveiling choice dishes in the ambience of Ottimo at West View, the Western restaurant at the ITC Maurya.

Spices, therefore, are used extensively in Moroccan cooking and there is a centuries-old art to their careful mixing. Common spices include saffron, mint, olives oranges, lemons, cinnamon, ginger, paprika and coriander. Ras el hanout is a commonly used dried spice mix that can combine anywhere from a dozen to 100 spices.

The buffet consisted of traditional Moroccan salads and of spiced meat and vegetable dishes slow cooked in a distinctive earthenware dish with a tall, conical lid called a tajine.

 

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The chicken tajine is a classic Moroccan recipe using preserved lemons, olives and onions. It can be cooked in an authentic tajine or roasted in the oven. The secret of its exquisite taste lies in marinating the chicken for five-six hours with lemon, onion, garlic, cilantro, parsley, ginger, pepper, turmeric, salt and the Ras el Hanout spice mix. Moroccan food has become globally famous for its use of spices.

Among the various salads on offer was the Zaalouk made of cooked tomatoes, aubergine and eggplant, which is a popular vegetable used in Middle Eastern cooking. The salad is enhanced with garlic, olive oil and spices and is a common side dish to Middle Eastern meals.

The assortment of salads included the Taktouka, made of green bell-peppers, tomatoes, garlic and olive oil, which is another dip commonly used for eating with various types of Moroccan bread.

 

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The lamb dish on offer was the classic sweet and sour tajine with prunes that combined dried prunes and lamb meat with the ginger, saffron, cinnamon, and pepper. It’s popular as a traditional offering at holiday gatherings, weddings, and other special occasions.

Another very tasty main dish laid was the nutrient-rich Rfissa made of chicken and lentils – again slow cooked with spices.

 

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The unique Moroccan flaky bread called Msemmen forms the base for the dish with the lentil stew acting as a sauce for the pancakes.

There followed a range of Morroccan desserts like the Briouat pastries filled with fresh almond paste flavored with orange flower water and cinnamon. Once fried, the pastries are then given a short soaking in hot honey for flavor and sweetness.

The Chebakia is a sesame cookie made by folding dough into a flower shape, frying it and then dipping it in hot honey flavoured with orange flower water.

 

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Sellouf is an unbaked sweet also served at special occasions like Eid and weddings and is made from toasted unhulled sesame seeds, fried almonds and flour that has been browned in the oven.

Hospitality is a very important part of Moroccan culture, the Ambassador explained. On entering a Moroccan home, guests are typically offered food and tea within seconds, and the meal here ended with the refreshing green tea with mint. The Moroccan tea ceremony is sacred and pouring of the tea is considered something of an art form. The food festival is on till March 30.

 

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    Photo of people during Moroccan food festival in New Delhi.

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    Photo of people during Moroccan food festival in New Delhi.

  • Moroccan Food Festival, Indian cuisine, Spicy food, Delhi Sultanate, India, Morocco, New Delhi, Lifestyle news, Offbeat news

    Photo of people during Moroccan food festival in New Delhi.

  • Moroccan Food Festival, Indian cuisine, Spicy food, Delhi Sultanate, India, Morocco, New Delhi, Lifestyle news, Offbeat news

    Photo of people during Moroccan food festival in New Delhi.

  • Moroccan Food Festival, Indian cuisine, Spicy food, Delhi Sultanate, India, Morocco, New Delhi, Lifestyle news, Offbeat news

    Photo of people during Moroccan food festival in New Delhi.

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  • Moroccan Food Festival, Indian cuisine, Spicy food, Delhi Sultanate, India, Morocco, New Delhi, Lifestyle news, Offbeat news
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IAF An-32 goes missing in northeast, no trace of wreckage

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) An-32 transporter with 13 people on board went missing while flying from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh on Monday but there was no trace of the plane or its wreckage despite many hours of search.

The aircraft with 13 on board (eight aircrew and five passengers) had taken off from Assam’s Jorhat at 12.27 p.m. for Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district bordering China, but it lost contact with ground authorities at around 1 p.m.

The IAF flew sorties of its C-130 Super Hercules, An-32s and two Mi-17 helicopters along with Indian Army’s Advanced Light Helicopters to locate the missing aircraft. Several leads from the ground about the possible location of the crash site were followed but no wreckage was found.

The IAF said in a statement that search operations will continue from air and by ground parties of Indian Army through the night.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who was on his first visit to Jammu and Kashmir after taking over two days ago, spoke to IAF vice chief, Air Marshal Rakesh Singh Bhadauria and took stock of rescue operations. IAF chief B.S Dhanoa was to be in Sweden on a four-day visit.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted: “Praying for safety of all 13 persons who were on board.”

The Deputy Commissioner of newly-created Shi Yomi district in Arunachal, Mito Dirchi, said there were some reports of a crash in the jungles of the district.
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“We have sent a team for search which includes SP and some villagers. But we have not found any wreckage. We are going to search the areas tomorrow morning again.”

The disappearance of the An-32 on Monday is eerily similar to the incident that took place in the same month 10 years ago in the same location involving the same type of aircraft and same number of personnel. The aircraft that crashed on June 9, 2009 was also operating in the same area with 13 on board. The wreckage was found days later over the Rinchi Hill above Hyeo village, about 60 km from the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Among the 13 personnel on board in the latest incident, six are IAF officers including a wing commander. The terrain and weather conditions in the area makes flying challenging and familiarization sorties are carried out routinely along with air maintenance operations for the border troops.

The IAF has around 100 An-32s and the fleet has been undergoing upgradation, adding new avionics and other features.

This is the second major incident after the disappearance of an An-32 over the Bay of Bengal in 2016 with 29 on board. The mystery behind the accident could never be solved as the massive search over sea was called off after no trace of wreckage was found. The flight was on the way to Port Blair from Chennai.

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