Zaalouk Salad (Eggplant) at La Maison Arabe

Zaalouk is a scrumptious cooked salad made with eggplants. It is one of my favorite salad dishes in Moroccan cuisine and I was thrilled when we learned how to make it at my cooking class at La Maison Arabe in Marrakech.

Zaalouk is most delicious when eaten with warm, crispy slices bread (Khubz). Zaalouk keeps for many days in the refrigerator, tasting better as time goes by. In fact it is recommended that you make this salad a day ahead.



Zaalouk Salad (Eggplant) at La Maison Arabe

Serves 2Print This Recipe


1 medium eggplant

1 tsp. cumin, heaped

1 tbs. finely chopped parsley

1 large tomato, peeled, seeded and diced

2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely and mash with a little salt to taste

1 tsp. salt, to taste

1 tsp. sweet paprika, heaped

½ tsp. black pepper

Red chili powder to taste

½ tsp. vinegar

3-4 tbs. olive oil



• Completely or partially peel the eggplant and dice into very small cubes.

• In a frying pan, drizzle some olive oil and add the eggplant with the mashed garlic.

• Cover and cook on low heat with the lid on for 10 minutes.

• Once the eggplant starts to turn soft and brown, start mashing it down gently in the pan.

• Add the diced tomato along with the paprika, cumin, pepper and chili.

• Add about 2 tsp. of olive oil.

• Keep mashing until the tomato is cooked and all ingredients are well blended.

• About 5 – 10 minutes more.

• Add white vine vinegar before you turn the heat off and sprinkle with parsley before you serve.

• This eggplant salad can be served chilled or warm.

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4 thoughts on “Zaalouk Salad (Eggplant) at La Maison Arabe

  1. Hi, Malini,

    What a wonderful post on La Maison Arabe. I was just there a week ago, but with a tour and could not take a class. Was looking to buy the cookbook, but out of print sadly. At their restaurant I had the mezze salad of honeyed carrots, divine. Am so glad to have the great eggplant recipe you posted. Wondered if you were able to taste the honeyed carrots. They were strips with the zig-zag type peeler. So wonderful.


    • Hi Sandy,
      Thank you so much for the note. The cooking class was a wonderful experience and the Zaalouk was one of my fav dishes out of everything I ate whilst in Morocco . I was so thrilled when they taught us how to make it. I didn’t try the carrot dish there but did at other places. I have their cookbook and will see if they have the recipe in it. If I find it I will email it to you 🙂

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