Moroccan Recipes for Eid Al-Adha (Eid Al-Kabir)

Eid Al-Adha, known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is the most important holiday in the Islamic calendar. Here are recipes for Moroccan dishes traditionally prepared during this special time.

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    Grilling is a terrific way to cook the organ meat traditionally available during Eid Al-Kabir. Try these zesty Moroccan heart kebabs (brochettes).
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    Mrouzia - Moroccan Spiced Lamb with Honey, Raisins and Almonds. Photo © Christine Benlafquih
    This sweet and spicy dish features meat and raisins stewed with exotic spices. Almonds can be cooked in the aromatic sauce or fried and served as a garnish.
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    Although mechoui is traditionally prepared by roasting a whole lamb either on a spit over a fire or in a pit in the ground, this recipe calls for only a leg of lamb or shoulder. It's best prepared by slow-roasting in the oven until the meat is tender enough to pull off the bone.
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    Although most families no longer need to preserve meat by sun-drying, gueddid, or the Moroccan version of jerky, is still high on the list of many Moroccans' beloved traditional foods. Eid is a popular time to prepare this marinated, dried meat.
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    Express Khlii - Mquila Rbatia

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    This express method of preparing the Moroccan preserved meat known as khlii (or khlea) is said to have originated in Salé, the sister city of Rabat. While the traditional method of making khlii involves marinating strips of fresh meat, drying them in the sun, and then cooking them in fat and oil, the Mquila Rbatia version avoids the drying process.

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    Herbel - Wheat Soup with Milk

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    This porridge like soup is a traditional Eid breakfast in many families. It's quite easy to prepare, but you'll need to allow overnight soaking of the wheat berries. Honey, butter and orange flower water can be added to taste.

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    This traditional Moroccan dish calls for beef feet or lamb feet, a cut of meat referred to as kour3ine in Moroccan Arabic, and which Moroccans will have on hand at eid time. It includes the hoof and lowermost portion of the leg. Goat feet may also be used.

    Beef and lamb feet have relatively little meat but the tendons, fat and connective tissue around the joints are flavorful thickeners for the sauce.

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    This is an easy, delicious way to prepare slabs of lamb spareribs. The meat is coated with a butter, herb and spice mixture, and then slow-roasted in the oven to buttery tenderness. The optional basting with honey at the end of cooking adds sticky, finger-licking sweetness. Serve the spareribs with salt and cumin for dipping.

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    Liver is wrapped in caul and grilled to make boulfaf, a brochette recipe that is especially popular on the first day of Eid Al-Adha (Eid Al-Kabir).
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    Use tender leg of lamb for this traditional – and delicious – Moroccan kebab (brochette) recipe.
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    This very popular Moroccan salad is a must when serving kebabs, as many Moroccans will stuff a wedge of bread with grilled brochette meat and a large spoonful of this salad. A delicious combo!
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    An easy recipe for preparing calves or lamb feet, which will be on hand after a home slaughter. Use a clay tangia like the one shown here for slow cooking in the oven, or choose to make the dish in a pressure cooker or conventional pot instead.
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    Use black or green olives to make this delicious condiment, perfect to stuff into bread with your Eid brochettes. is used to add flavor and fiery touch.

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    Lamb with prunes is a classic Moroccan dish. This sweet and spicy recipe can be prepared either in a pot or pressure cooker.
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    This list of sweet and spicy tagines will give you more ideas of ways to prepare the extra meat on hand during and immediately after the Eid al-Adha holiday. All of these dishes work well as family meals or when entertaining.
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    Steaming is a very popular way to prepare sheep's head. After the head is cleaned and cut up, it's seasoned with cumin and salt and then steamed. Very easy to make, the steamed meat is served with additional cumin and salt for dipping.
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    This Moroccan recipe uses mild seasoning to allow the natural flavors of lamb and fragrant saffron to dominate the dish. Perfect for large cuts from the neck, shoulder or shank.
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    Steamed meat is very tender and tasty. This traditional Moroccan recipe is made by many families in the days following Eid Al-Adha.
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    This recipe makes use of the stomach, spleen and intestines. Generous additions of Moroccan spices, preserved lemon and olives yield a rich sauce.
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    Brains in Tomato Sauce

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    Brain (mokh) is simmered in a zesty tomato sauce with garlic, herbs and Moroccan spices. Although the recipe here is intended as a side dish, it may be prepared in much larger quantity and offered as an entree.
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    Moroccans have surprisingly delicious recipes for preparing offal. One example is this zesty dish of brains simmered in a paprika, cumin, garlic and preserved lemon sauce.
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    Moroccan Grilled Brains

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    Since you'll likely be firing up the grill for other offal, this is a super easy method for preparing lamb or veal brains on the day of Eid. It's delicious stuffed in bread with tomato and roasted pepper salad. 

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    This classic Moroccan dish combines meat, onions, olives and preserved lemons with fragrant ginger and saffron. Serve it with bread for scooping up the meat and sauce.