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Vermicelles – Vermicelli (Mauritania)      

This is a traditional Mauritanian recipe for a classic meat stew with onions that’s served with vermicelli rather than the more common couscous. This is a classic North African style couscous dish that has been adapted to be made with vermicelli pasta rather than with couscous.

Yield: 6 Servings


1kg fine vermicelli pasta
2 medium carrots, diced
50g French (green) beans, trimmed and cut into 2cm lengths
1kg onions
20g butter
1 garlic clove salt, to taste
1kg chicken or beef or goat meat
oil for frying
50g raisins
2 Maggi (or stock) cubes


Bring a pan of water to a boil, add the vermicelli to a steamer basket and steam for 20 minutes. Take off the heat and turn into a bowl. Moisten with a little water and season with a little salt.

Stir to combine then turn back into the steamer basket and continue steaming for 20 minutes more. Turn the vermicelli into a bowl, add a little water and stir to combine then add the butter and stir to mix. Place the pasta back in the steamer basket and steam for 20 minutes more, or until cooked through.

In the meantime, cut the meat into bite-sized pieces and fry in a little oil until nicely browned all over. Slice the onions into rings and fry in the pan with the meat for about 4 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and crush in the Maggi cubes. Fry for 1 minute then season to taste with salt. Add enough water to just cover the ingredients, bring to a boil then add the carrots and green beans.

Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the meat is tender. Drain the meat and vegetable mix (reserve the stock). Stir in the cooked vermicelli and the raisins. Add enough of the reserved stock to moisten the ingredients then mix to combine, allow to heat through and serve immediately.

Link to My Post on Mauritania:

Cuisine: Mauritanian

Main Ingredient: Beef, Vermicelli

Mauritania on map of Africa

One thought on “Mauritania

  1. Love vermicelli! Especially with beef flavoring. Great dinner

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