Eastern sweets in Tunisia
With the phrase "eastern country" everyone has their own set of associations, but the majority of Russians in the imagination will have images of halva, baklava and rahat-lukuma. Tunisia is an eastern country and it's time to talk about oriental sweets, which you can try, buy and bring home to family and friends.
The main dessert dish is macrus
McDough is most like a cookie. In Tunisia, he is considered to be his national dish, and the Tunisians do not mind that they still consider him to be in Algeria, Morocco, western Libya.
McDrud is also common in Malta, where he was brought from Tunisia by the Arabs of the army of the Aglabid dynasty. The last fact shows us the antiquity of this dish, because the trips of the Aglabids to Sicily and Malta took place in the beginning of the 9th century. That is, the mariculture in Tunisia has been prepared for 1200 years, and maybe even longer. For a modern version of the dish, see the photo on the right, click on the photo to enlarge.
Turkey has its own dish, but it is very different from Tunisian. The Jews of North Africa have macaroons as a traditional dish on Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year).
Macrud is made from mango, not from flour. In Tunisian cuisine, the manga is even more common than flour, couscous is prepared from it, and dough for bricks is made from it. As a filling put dates, figs or grated almonds, often a mixture of fruit and almonds.
The ingredients are layered and cooked. Macrud can be fried in a pan or bake in the oven. After cooking, cut into diamond-shaped or triangular pieces. These pieces are immersed in honey or sugar syrup, orange juice or zest. Macrud must be cooled before use.
In Tunisia, the biscuit macurud is often at a buffet, it will not be difficult to try. It can not be confused with anything, features are original texture, bright almond flavor and smell. Eat carefully, the macrum is quite sticky, we recommend using a fork.
You can buy a makrod in supermarkets, for example, in Carrefour or Monopriks. Of course, the factory cookies are not as tasty as the freshly cooked ones, but its expiration date allows you to bring this sweetness home from Tunisia home to friends and relatives.
"The capital of makruda" in Tunisia is the city of Kairouan, where they cook the most delicious cookies and most of all kinds. Since May 20, 2008, the National Annual Makruda Festival has been held here.
Of the popular oriental sweets, Tunisians are best served with halva. It is called here "shamiya" ("shamiya") or halva shamiya ("halwa shamiya"). The word "shamia" from Lebanon translates as "sweet."
The popularity of halva is easy to see when you get to a Tunisian store, and it does not matter, grocery or souvenir. The shelves are full of variety of cans and plastic packages of different sizes, brands and brands. "The eyes are scattered" from this assortment, see the photo on the right.
The most famous halva brand in Tunisia is called "La Gazelle". It is produced by GFCO (Grand Fabrique de Confiserie Orientale), headquartered in Tunis (suburb of Carthage ). Other popular brands of tourists are Papillon ("butterfly") and Shehrazad ("Scheherazade").
There is not much difference in taste between them, choose any and do not regret it. Note only the significant difference in the price of halva, depending on the size of the package. For example, a can of 185 grams costs 4.5 dinars, and 400 grams already 6.5 dinars. On the one hand, tourists are very profitable to buy a large package, on the other hand, I want to try as many kinds as possible. This is a difficult dilemma.
Tunisian halva is made from sesame. Seeds are first fried, then grind, then add a lot of sugar, molasses and foaming agent. There are still recipes with the use of honey, but on an industrial scale honey halva is not done. Top put nuts, halva ready, just pour into the package.
Photo of Tunisian halva, see the mini gallery below. All three main brands of Tunisian halva in the gallery are present.
The quality and taste of Tunisian halva is not inferior even to Turkish. The prices for halva in Tunisia are two times cheaper than in Russia. We note that we compare prices to sesame halva.
Lukum in Tunisia is much less popular. In large supermarkets it can still be found, but in small shops in tourist areas it is often just not there. The taste of the Tunisian lakuma is not noticeable, the variety of varieties is clearly weak, can not be compared with the Turkish one.
Tunisians sprinkle onions in the package with an incredible amount of powdered sugar. This powder clings to your hands and often makes clothes dirty. Another option is to buy loose onion, counters are found in tourist areas. But many tourists are afraid of buying such a delight.
Lukum prefer to pack 250 grams each, an example of a package in the photo on the left, click on the photo to enlarge.
Baklava in Tunisia is considered a festive dish, mandatory at weddings. In hotels it is rarely cooked, but you can buy it in supermarkets. According to the taste, nothing special.
What can I try on a buffet in hotels
Tunisian chefs prefer not oriental sweets for sweet portions of Swedish tables, but European desserts. Very popular are small cakes, mousses and cakes. Tunisian cooking absorbed many French dishes, when the country was actually a colony of France, this period of the history of Tunisia from 1881 to 1956 is usually called the "French Protectorate".
How it looks, look in the small photo gallery below.
European cakes and cakes from Tunisian cooks are surprisingly tasty. Do not miss the chance to eat them and traditional oriental sweets during the Tunisian holiday.
Have a nice holiday, and read our educational articles about Tunisia ( list of links below ).
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