In the Kitchen: As a Newly Wed

Now having been married I have been spending more time in my kitchen than ever and its given me the opportunity to improve my cooking skills.

So far I have finally learned to cook the traditional Moroccan kokot aka pressure cooker meal.  Basic ingredients include a meat of some kind, veggies with onions and oil.

Basic Kokot or Pressure Cooker Meal in Morocco. This is a photo of my first success!

Here is a recipe that you can try out at home from my friend Kelly.



10D chicken/beef – Thats about half a pound

1 onion

½ bunch cilantro, chopped

Handful of parsley, chopped

1 big or 2 small garlic cloves

Oil (ehh…2 Tbsp – ¼ C)

Pepper to taste

½ t turmeric

½ t ginger

1 t paprika

½ t salt (although add to taste if you like more add more.)

½ pack of Saffron

Veggies of choice (almost always carrots and potatoes, sometimes green peas, occasionally cabbage – this is very unmoroccan I think but I like it so I use it, lentils and cauliflower – ditto, use your imagination. However if you want to go traditional, it’s mainly carrots, potatoes, and maybe peas I think)


  1. Combine all ingredients except veggies and water and cook for 5-10 minutes (like stir fry).
  2. Add chopped veggies (not bite size, the pieces are usually pretty big) of choice, fill with water till covered.
    1. Put into pressure cooker aka kokot, then cook for 30-45 minutes. After this, if its too soupy for you, cook with lid off until water had evaporated.

    This is the standard meal for lunch in many Moroccan homes.  My husband is very proud I finally got the hang of it after adding way to much pepper to my first attempt at a kokot meal.  Now you can try it out at your house if you also have a pressure cooker.


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