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    South Tunisian cooking : Chorbat Frick

    by mariev Updated Dec 26, 2005

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    The (S)chorbat frick (also called shorbat chiir) is a soup made with green corn.
    In Tunisia, it is often served during Ramadan (very filling) but is also perfect for European fall/winter time.

    Ingredients (for about 6 people):
    300 grams chopped beef meat (or lamb)
    1 big onion (or 2 smalls)
    200 grams chorba frick (crushed green corn) or chiir (barley seeds)
    100 grams soaked chick-peas
    100 grams chopped celery
    100 grams chopped parsley
    1 (soup)spoonfull tomato puree (concentrated tomato)
    1 (coffee)spoonfull tabel (or coriander) grounded
    1 (coffee)spoonfull black pepper
    2 (coffee)spoonfulls salt
    1 (coffee)spoonfull harissa (optional)
    1/2 hot red pepper
    1 garlic clove chopped
    4 (soup)spoonfulls olive oil
    2 liters water
    1 lemon.

    Preparation : Easy – about 2h30
    In a large pot, brown the onion, the meat cut into small pieces and the chick-peas with the olive oil.
    Add the concentrated tomato diluted in a bowl of lukewarm water.
    Season (some salt, pepper, tabel) and let cook on a small fire during 10 minutes.
    During this time, rince the chorbat/chiir it in several waters and add in the pot.
    Add two liters of water and let gently cook on average fire during 2 hours (it is necessary to supervise and mix from time to time so that the seeds do not stick to the pot).

    Clean the celery and parsley, cut them is small pieces, add them in the pot 30 min before the end of the 2 hours, with the garlic, and the harissa (be carefull with the quantity of harissa else you may get dragon fuel) and the hot red pepper. Check the salt, add some if necessary.
    Let boil gently (total 2 hours).

    Serving
    Serve at once, hot, and sprinkled with the lemon juice.

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    South Tunisian cooking : the Radhkha salad

    by mariev Written Dec 20, 2005

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    Radhkha

    Very easy and fast to prepare (and so refreshing in hot summer) the Radhkha is a dish/salad coming from the uttermost south (specifically the areas of Tataouine and Tozeur)

    Ingredients (4 people) :
    800 grams tomatoes, 150grams soft green peppers (pepperoni), 4 garlic cloves, 80 grams (a small tin – olive oil variety), 1/2 lemon, 10 centiliters olive oil, Salt
    Decoration:
    100 grams black olives

    Preparation:
    1. Wash the tomatoes, cut them in small dices.
    2. Wash the pepperonis, split them into 2. Remove the seeds and cut them in small dices.
    3. Crumble the tuna.
    4. Peel the garlic cloves. Crush them in a mortar.
    5. In a container, add the tomato dices, the pepperonis and crush them. Add the crushed garlic.
    6. Pour 10 centiliters olive oil, add the tuna. Mix. Crush the mixture with the back of a large spoon.
    7. Add salt (depending on test) and press the 1/2 lemon. (remove the pips).
    8. Put the salad radhkha in a plate (or in small bowls). Decorate with black olives.

    Serving
    Put in the fridge some 15 minutes : Serve refreshed but not too cold.

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    Wilaya de Tataouine : a Berber fief in Tunisia

    by mariev Updated Feb 5, 2005

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    The Wilaya of Tataouine, which comprises the extreme southern fifth of Tunisia presents the specificity, along with the neighbouring Wilaya of Medenine to be one of the lasts (at least partly) Berber speaking area in the country (even if Arab is, here too, the official language and French the second spoken one).

    The villages of Matmata, Foum Tataouine, Chenini, ...among others, are still competely berberophones.

    The name "Tataouine" itself is a berber term meaning "the mouth of the springs".

    Tataouine hosts each year, in April, a "Festival des traditions Berberes".

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Gouvernorat de Tataouine Hotels

  • Hotel Dakyanus

    Route El Ferch BP 234, Tataouine, 3200, Tunisia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Barcelo Sangho Privilege Tataouine

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    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

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  • Hotel Mabrouk

    Route De Chenini, 3200, Tataouine, Tunisia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

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