In Tunisia, history and food are woven into a captivating tapestry, offering a flavorful journey that reflects both tradition and innovation. From vibrant markets and festive gatherings to the diverse aromas wafting from the country's eclectic eateries, this North African gem invites you to savor a culinary adventure unlike any other.
Tunisian cuisine is a celebration of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, blending the influences of Arab and Western culinary traditions. At its core, the liquid gold known as high-quality olive oil infuses every dish with its rich, distinctive flavor. Extra virgin olive oil is not just an ingredient here; it's a way of life, a tradition passed down through generations.
Amidst the rich tapestry of Tunisian culinary traditions, the Rouz Djerbien stands out as a shining example. This beloved dish, a celebration of flavors and history, showcases the harmony of spices, locally-sourced ingredients, and the essence of high-quality olive oil. Just like the timeless Couscous, the Rouz Djerbien captures the heart and soul of Tunisian cuisine, delighting palates as both an appetizer and a comforting winter favorite.
250 grams of rice
400 grams of a seafood mix or turkey breast or meat
1 large onion
200 grams of washed and chopped parsley
200 grams of peas
150 grams of chickpeas
1 tsp of tomato paste
1 tsp of harissa (you can use two if you prefer spicier dishes)
1 tsp of red chili powder (paprika)
1 tsp of coriander powder (tabel)
1 tsp of dried mint powder
2 tsp of Olyfo’s extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large bowl, put all the ingredients together and mix them thoroughly until you have a homogeneous mixture.
Transfer them to the top part of the couscous steamer while filling the bottom part with water. Leave them to cook over medium heat for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Garnish the dish with Tunisian olives, some parsley, and enjoy !
Serve hot, optionally garnished with some additional raisins for a touch of sweetness.
This flavorful dish, a blend of sweet and spicy, is a true tribute to Tunisian cuisine, accentuating the role of EVOO and the art of spice blending.
Enjoy your culinary journey through Tunisia with this traditional Rouz Djerbien !