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Beef tagine with fried eggplants and chickpeas (MDERBEL) is a unique dish that is made of three distinct layers: beef, chickpeas, and eggplants.

This dish is a labor of love and patience, but it is well worth the effort because its unique flavors will impress everyone at your dinner table.

In this recipe, the beef, chickpeas, and eggplants are cooked separately in different pots. The beef is marinated in a perfect blend of light and earthy spices, then cooked in a delicious onion and tomato-based stew.

The eggplants (where the word mderbel comes from) are fried until crispy around the edges and buttery smooth on the inside, then, they are arranged around the tender beef. Finally, the chickpeas are cooked with the same spices as the beef and placed on top of the stew to create a beautifully bejeweled look.

Special tools / ingredients: All ingredients are easily available in supermarkets or online stores.

You can also find all the essentials of Moroccan cuisine in the Flavors of Morocco Amazon store.

You do not need special tools or dishes to prepare this recipe.



- Moroccan beef tagine with eggplants and chickpeas (Mderbel) detailed video tutorial
- A PDF document with exact measurements and detailed steps of the recipe


- Moroccan bread (Khobz) detailed video tutorial and PDF

- The course video is provided with English voice over and subtitles as well as Original Audio in Moroccan dialect with English subtitles
- PDF documents are in English


Dada (Chef) Rabiaa is a professional Moroccan chef with multiple decades of experience under her belt.

Dada Rabiaa started learning how to cook authentic Moroccan dishes at home from her mother and grandmother.

At first, she cooked mostly for family events and special occasions, but later on, she started cooking professionally at restaurants. Today, she is the head chef at one of the top Moroccan restaurants in the city of Marrakesh, supervising dozens of chefs as they prepare authentic Moroccan dishes for Moroccan and foreign tourists every day.

Over the course of her career, she has mentored many young chefs, and trained them to become successful Dadas.