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Exploring India’s Culinary Treasures in the Heart of Morocco

India and Morocco may be two vastly different countries with distinct cultures and histories, but there lies a common thread between them – their sumptuous cuisine. It is no surprise then, that a trip to Marrakech, the heart of Morocco, is an opportunity to discover India’s culinary treasures in a whole new light.

Moroccan cuisine is renowned for its bold flavors and spices, and it is here that the Indian cuisine finds an instant connection. The intense aroma of curry, cumin, coriander, and turmeric emanating from the spice markets of the city, present an irresistible invitation for those who seek to indulge in the culinary wonders of India.

One can begin the exploration of the Indian cuisine with a visit to “Le Jardin,” a beautiful garden restaurant that serves a blend of Moroccan and Indian cuisine. The menu is a delicious amalgamation of flavors, with dishes such as chicken tikka masala, lamb rogan josh, and aromatic biryanis, that is a real treat for Indian food lovers.

For those who want a more authentic Indian experience, head to the Marrakech Medina, where the narrow alleyways are dotted with small eateries that serve Indian and Pakistani cuisine. The most popular offering is the chicken tikka kebab, that is marinated in yogurt and spices and cooked over a charcoal grill. This dish is usually served with spiced rice, garlic naan bread, and a refreshing mint chutney.

Another must-visit restaurant is “Naranj,” located in the heart of the Medina. This elegant and refined restaurant has a beautiful decor that transports its diners to the opulence of the Mughal era. The menu is an extensive selection of traditional Indian dishes, including paneer makhani, butter chicken, lamb vindaloo, and a range of vegetarian options.

For a taste of street food, head to the famous Jamaa el Fna Square, where food stalls set up shop in the evenings, offering delicious Indian snacks such as samosas, pakoras, and onion bhajis. A must-try is the pani puri, which consists of crispy hollow shells filled with spiced potato, chickpeas, and a tangy mint water, that is a perfect combination of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors.

In conclusion, Morocco offers a fascinating insight into the world of Indian cuisine, with its diverse range of flavors and exotic spices. Exploring the culinary treasures of India in the heart of Marrakech is a truly delightful experience that will leave one craving for more. So, pack your bags, and head on to Marrakech for an unforgettable gastronomic journey that will tantalize your taste buds and fill your heart with joy.