Western Saharan cuisine
Western Saharan cuisine comprises the cuisine of Western Sahara, a disputed territory in the Maghreb region of North Africa, bordered by Morocco to the north, Algeria to the extreme northeast, Mauritania to the east and south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The Western Saharan cuisine has several influences, as the population of that area (Sahrawi), in their most part are of Arabic and Berber origin. The Saharawi cuisine is also influenced by Spanish cuisine owing to Spanish colonisation.
Food is primarily imported into Western Sahara, as minimal rainfall in the territory inhibits agricultural production. Indigenous sources of food include those derived from fishing and nomadic pastoralism. The labor and business in these indigenous provisions of foods are also a primary contributor of income for the territory's population, and are among the primary contributors to the economy of Western Sahara.
Common foods and dishes
- Couscous, meal paste, with meat and vegetables
- Tajín, camel meat, made solely from dromedaries
- Goat meat
- Meifrisa, a traditional dish of the region, is a stew prepared with rabbit, lamb or camel meat, onion, and garlic, served atop unleavened bread cooked in the sand.
- Ezzmit, cereals.
- El aych, cereals with milk.
- Arroz con pescado
- Various types of roasts.
- Tea is more than just a drink for the Saharawi people. It is a way to meet with friends and family to share moments of conversation and friendship. It usually follows a ritual, in which are taken three vessels. In this regard, there is a popular comment: "The first glass of tea is bitter like life, the second cup sweet like love and the third soft as death."
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