Moroccan Mkaouara

Moroccan Mkaouara

Mkaouara is a popular Moroccan Kefta Tagine with cherry-sized meatballs and eggs. Tomatoes are not supposed to be added to this sauce. It's just pure gravy from the juicy meatballs. Comfort food at its best. For a faster version, you can form the meatballs a bit larger.
Hands-on Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 3


Shopping list

  • 2 lbs ground meat beef or lamb or half-half
  • 1 cup parsley and cilantro chopped (packed full, save some for garnish), half-half
  • 10 oz broccoli florets
  • 4-6 pieces of bread e.g. naan
  • 1 shallot or small onion finely chopped
  • 2 - 4 eggs
  • 2 oz butter
  • salt

Mkaouara Culinary Spice Kit

  • Paprika, cumin, cinnamon, mint, black pepper, chili

Suggested Sides

  • baguette, ciabatta, or any flatbread
  • fresh salad
  • carrots, pumpkin, or turnips baked
  • broccoli, zucchini, or green beans  cooked



  • In a LARGE BOWL, mix herbs and shallot, Mkaouara spices, and salt to taste (1 tsp recommended).
  • Add meat and knead well.
  • Form little cherry-sized meatballs.


  • In a PAN, melt 2 tbsp butter.
  • Distribute meatballs in one layer*).
  • Cover the PAN with a LID and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
  • In a SMALL BOWL, crack the eggs.
  • Gently slide the eggs one by one on top of the meatballs, each in a different corner. Add salt to taste.
  • Cover the PAN and cook until the egg white is cooked.


  • Serve Mkaouara in the PAN or on a large PLATE. Sprinkle it with the reserved herbs.
  • Add bread and other sides on separate plates.
  • Enjoy!


*) If your PAN is not large enough, cook the meatballs in two batches with some extra butter.
  • Substitute cilantro with parsley.
  • Substitute meat with veal or pork.
  • Substitute meat with poultry. Add 2 tbsp butter to the PAN.