Want to taste interesting and incredibly diverse dishes? Tunisian dishes are extremely well-known all over the world for their variety and fragrant tastes. 

Their tasty blend of spices stems from several ancestral traditions and reflects the different cultural heritages that have marked the country.

Full of flavor, Tunisian cuisine is ideal for gourmets and offers extremely varied dishes. In this article, we will show you the 10 unusual dishes of Tunisia that you must absolutely try.

 

Borzguène, the famous sweet and sour dish of El Kef

The Borzguène is an ancestral dish anchored in the culinary traditions of El Kef. Commonly prepared as a welcome to the harvest season, this dish makes the reputation of the city. 

The Borzguène is characterized by the association of salty and sweet and is prepared essentially with our famous couscous. 

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This dish of the keffois heritage also includes meat, dates and dried fruits like almonds, walnuts and pistachios.  

Between various layers of couscous made from local durum wheat is a layer of sugar mixed with melted butter, which gives the dish that much appreciated sweetness. 

To top it off, it is covered with pieces of steamed lamb flavored with rosemary.

Farfoucha, a vegetarian couscous with fennel

Made with green fennel leaves, farfoucha is a deliciously hearty and fragrant dish. Served with a rich vegetable stew spiced with tomato, this national dish of Tunisia is steamed with fennel tops and other herbs such as garlic and onion. 

Although recipes vary from one region to another, the farfoucha with fine couscous is undoubtedly the best. Some people use whole wheat couscous, while others, like in Sfax, prefer pearl barley, called malthouth. 

Since Tunisian cuisine blends North African and Mediterranean culinary cultures, the dishes are sometimes fiery, but always fragrant and full of flavor.

Boulis Mkattef 

Boulis Mkattef is a Tunisian dish that looks like a stuffed meat roll. The stuffing actually contains cheese, tuna, chopped parsley, chopped onion, hard-boiled egg and green olives. 

Served with rice cooked in water flavored with saffron, rosemary and turmeric, this dish can also be accompanied by a small tomato sauce.

Don't hesitate to taste this dish in a restaurant or to prepare it yourself and enjoy the different flavors it offers. 

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Khobz El Mella, a unique tradition

Khobz El Mella is a type of bread baked in the sand in the heart of the desert. Particularly famous in southern Tunisia, this bread is stuffed with a spicy tomato sauce. 

This culinary tradition is essentially anchored in the nomadic populations. 

This emblematic dish emphasizes the importance of promoting culinary tourism through its characteristic cooking method. 

Madfouna, a famous Tunisian specialty

Madfouna is a typical Tunisian dish that comes straight from Jewish cuisine. Beware, you will need to have a lot of patience to succeed cooking this specialty. 

This dish is very hearty and rich in flavors. Made of a mix of spinach, minced meat and white beans, you will be very proud to say that you have prepared it. 

If cooking isn’t really your thing, you can always taste the madfouna in a traditional restaurant, especially during the winter seasons.

 

Garn ghzel: Gazelle horn

Gazelle horns are among the best Tunisian pastry recipes. They can be a little complicated to make, but once you get used to the process, the task becomes easy. The success of this recipe lies in the dough, which must be extremely thin and made of white flour. 

Made of orange blossom, this little delicacy is usually served during traditional wedding ceremonies, engagements, circumcisions, during Eid and especially during the whole Ramadan period.

Do not hesitate to taste the Gazelle horns in the different institutions of the Medinas. 

Fingers of Fatma (Swebaa Fatma)

The fingers of Fatma or Swebaa Fatma are a very typical dish of Tunisia, which takes its name from its elongated shape. 

It is, in fact, a starter made of brik that you will find in every household. Made from minced meat, seafood or tuna, Swebaa Fatma is a must-have appetizer that can be found on every table during Ramadan. 

Rkeyeb la3zouza : The knees of the old woman

The knees of the old woman or also known as Rkeyeb laazouza are small pieces of fried pasta that usually accompany other dishes. 

It is a very easy preparation, you will only need flour, water and baking powder. Then dip them in hot oil until they obtain a beautiful golden color. 

Mahkouka :

Along with the Madmouja and the rfissa, the mahkouka is a Tunisian pastry made mainly of dates, semolina and dried fruits.

This delicious dessert is prepared for special occasions or during the month of Ramadan. Use hazelnuts, pistachios and blanched almonds for a rich and hearty pastry.

Mbaten: 

There are several ways to make el Mbaten, but in most cases they are steamed or boiled cauliflower heads, dipped in a paste and then fried.

Prepared with or without cheese, they are often simmered in a fragrant tomato sauce. Simply mash the cauliflower and mix it with spices, then coat it with beaten eggs and flour and cook until golden brown. 

This very easy preparation is part of the traditional dishes of Tunisia, which you must absolutely try. 

Tunisian Cuisine is Unique in the World

Tunisian cuisine blends the culinary cultures of North Africa and the Mediterranean. Add to this the Berber, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, Phoenician and French influence, and you will get a sense of why this cuisine is so rich and flavorful.

This is why the dishes of Tunisia are among the most diverse in the world, a must-try for every food-savvy traveler!