B’stila b’djej Recipe a Traditional Dish from Morocco
You don’t need to spend much time at the Marseille airport or at the city’s Noailles market (le marché des Capucins) to sense a strong North African influence in the region. At the market, you can shop for all the ingredients that you need for this B’stila b’djej recipe. The market located in the centre of Marseille is open daily Monday through Saturday. It is a busy shopping experience, so keep a close watch on your wallet/purse. Don’t get too distracted by the range of items for sale from household goods and clothes to fresh herbs and Morrocan spices – it’s the latter that you need for this delicious savoury dish.
This recipe is a perfect Sunday project. Enjoy!
B’stila b’djej a Traditional Moroccan Dish
Adapted from the recipe by Kitty Morse. This recipe is sweet-savoury and completely delicious Moroccan dish. It takes a bit of effort, but the results are well worth your time.
- 2tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- 1large Onionfinely chopped
- 1 1/2tsp ground cinnamon
- 1tsp Ground Ginger
- 1/2tsp Saffron threads
- 1/4tsp Ground Turmeric
- 8 Chicken ThighsSkinless, boneless
- 1/4cup Fresh Parsleyfinely chopped
- 1/4cup fresh cilantrofinely chopped
- 1cup Water
- 2/3cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1tsp Salt
- 1/2tsp Black pepperfreshly ground
- 4 Eggsbeaten
Note: phyllo dough is notoriously hard to work with. It can be very brittle, so be careful not to bend the roll as you unwrap it. Also, it needs to be kept damp. Once you spread out the 12 sheets you need, cover them with a very damp towel.