Khubz Chronicles: Probably Not Paleo

Khubz Chronicles: Probably Not Paleo

“Khubz” is the Arabic word for “bread,” and in Morocco, there’s plenty of it. In this series, I’ll introduce you to numerous bread varieties, and I’ll even show you how to make them. You may want to loosen your belt for this.


Let me begin this post by stating that the name of this blog series, “Khubz Chronicles,” might be a little misleading to a Moroccan. Khubz is the Arabic word for bread, and to English speakers, we deem a number of flour-based products as bread. However, Moroccans aren’t nearly as liberal with bread-naming as we might be. Mesamen (which I already wrote about) and harcha are both examples of foods that we English speakers might just call “bread.” If you were to call all bread products “khubz” in front of Moroccans, you might get a good laugh out them. This post is about the bread product that’s actually called “bread,” or the khubz that’s actually called “khubz,” for that matter. Read More

Recipe - Khubz Chronicles: The Moroccan Pancake

Khubz Chronicles: The Moroccan Pancake

“Khubz” is the Arabic word for “bread,” and in Morocco, there’s plenty of it. In this series, I’ll introduce you to numerous bread varieties, and I’ll even show you how to make them. You may want to loosen your belt for this.


The Moroccan pancake goes by many names—mesamen, milwi, murtabak, rghaif—but one thing is certain: this crispy, flaky, chewy confection is as Moroccan as they come. If I could describe mesamen by texture alone, I would say it’s a lot like a crepe, only somewhat crispier. Plus, because it’s not sweet, it’s also incredibly versatile. It can be stuffed with vegetables and meat for lunch, or it can be lathered in honey and jam for dessert. Regardless, if you find yourself in a Moroccan home, you can expect mesamen to find its way onto your plate. It will almost certainly be accompanied by a steaming glass of mint tea, and don’t expect to leave until your stomach hates you. Read More