Host: Hind

Marrakech, Morocco

USD
$32-$96 per person

Moroccan family recipes with a Marrakech native

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Hind

A Marrakech native, Hind grew up in a riad in Marrakech’s Medina (old quarter) and says that she learned to cook because she had to cook! A warm and friendly host, Hind grew up with a big family and because her mother worked night shifts Hind and her sister would cook her mother’s recipes for their family. Through trial and error, she perfected her mother’s recipes and now loves to cook for friends and family. Hind finds cooking to be relaxing and fun! When she tries food at restaurants that she thinks could taste better she recreates it at home in the way she thinks it ought to be. Hind loves dancing, traveling and working with her hands – she is a pro at taking vintage products and repurposing them. Enjoy an immersive Moroccan culinary experience with a local!

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Meet your host Hind at her modern apartment for your Moroccan dining experience. She will welcome you with a traditional date milk or mint tea. Chat with Hind in her living room before heading to her dining table to join her for a traditional homemade Moroccan meal. Your seasonal meal will typically include a soup or salad, main, side and dessert. Your meal will include dishes such as zalouk, taktouka or harira, tajine, couscous and will conclude with a dessert of fresh fruit and cinnamon or a sweetened nut pastilla and cream.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join your host Hind at her small and modern kitchen to learn to cook a traditional Moroccan meal from recipes that Hind has perfected over the years. In your hands-on cooking class you will learn to make two to three dishes from scratch in your host’s kitchen. Your Moroccan cooking lesson will last about two and a half hours. Learn to cook an authentic tajine, zalouk (eggplant salad) or taktouka (a zesty dip of cooked tomatoes and roasted peppers) and meat or vegetable couscous. If there is anything in particular you would like to learn, feel free to ask Hind ahead of time. After cooking you will sit down at the dining table to share the meal you helped prepare with Hind.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) The Gueliz market is a covered local market that Marrakshi frequent that sells everything from flowers and produce to specialty food and souvenirs. Enjoy a glass of fresh orange juice or a shake before walking through this neighborhood produce market. Explore with your host Hind local and regional produce and spices sold by vendors at the market and learn about the ingredients involved in Moroccan cuisine. During your market tour, you will purchase a few seasonal ingredients that you will use for your cooking class. Your market tour will last about 45 minutes before walking back 10 minutes to Hind’s apartment to start your cooking class.

Languages spoken: English, Arabic, French, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Zalouk, taktouka or harira
  • Seasonal tajine with vegetables and couscous
  • Dessert of fresh fruit or pastilla with cream

Traveler reviews

We meet a sweet and nice lady. Very easy to find her home. She had planned a nice menu for us, and it turned out delicious. The place was nice and clean. We can give her the best recommendations.
- Inger March 28, 2018

I had the pleasure of cooking with Hind in her lovely apartment in the new city. She is warm, funny and welcoming. We made harissa, zalouk and beef with vegetable couscous. You will not only learn about food but also Moroccan culture. Hind is a gem. I highly recommend this over the touristy restaurant classes!
- Diana March 27, 2018

We spent a lovely evening with Hind. She is warm, energetic and animated, a great conversationalist, and a great cook as well. After a quick visit to the local market to pick up a few ingredients, we pitched in a bit to help make a Berber style vegetable and beef tagine, which was complemented by a Moroccan salad, a puréed eggplant side dish, roast saffron chicken, and after dinner sweets and fruits. She is very efficient in the kitchen, so if you really want to get your hands dirty with the prep work do let her know in advance. Hind cooks the traditional way: A pinch of this, and a dash of that. If you are the type who needs precise recipes and measurements you may be a bit frustrated, but we found that this matched our own cooking style
- Charles March 20, 2018

It was a pleasure to be hosted by Hind. She was incredibly welcoming, talkative (perfect English!!) and gracious. The meal itself was excellent and she has our highest recommendation. We cooked a very authentic Moroccan meal of various mixed salads and a beef tagine. Hind gave us a tour of the Jemaa el Fnaa square and market beforehand where we enjoyed a fresh squeezed juice. Hind also took us to a separate market to buy fruit and bread. After the cooking we sat down and enjoyed the meal, which was delicious. It was nice to do it at the beginning of our trip as it informed the rest of our trip in terms of many of the dishes we ate and saw on menus. Hind was an excellent overall host and spoke perfect English with minimal accent, which was nice and made it easy to understand her. She gave us a lot of info on Morocco and the food culture as we cooked and helpful pieces of information on techniques and spices, etc. we could incorporate in our own home cooking. Overall I could not recommend her more highly.
- Corey, Traveling Spoon Ambassador February 19, 2018

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Hind

$32-$96 USD

per person
100%
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$48 $38 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $58 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$96 $78 Not offered
Alcohol
$9 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$48 $38 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $58 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$96 $78 Not offered
Alcohol
$9 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm 4:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Hind

A Marrakech native, Hind grew up in a riad in Marrakech’s Medina (old quarter) and says that she learned to cook because she had to cook! A warm and friendly host, Hind grew up with a big family and because her mother worked night shifts Hind and her sister would cook her mother’s recipes for their family. Through trial and error, she perfected her mother’s recipes and now loves to cook for friends and family. Hind finds cooking to be relaxing and fun! When she tries food at restaurants that she thinks could taste better she recreates it at home in the way she thinks it ought to be. Hind loves dancing, traveling and working with her hands – she is a pro at taking vintage products and repurposing them. Enjoy an immersive Moroccan culinary experience with a local!

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Meet your host Hind at her modern apartment for your Moroccan dining experience. She will welcome you with a traditional date milk or mint tea. Chat with Hind in her living room before heading to her dining table to join her for a traditional homemade Moroccan meal. Your seasonal meal will typically include a soup or salad, main, side and dessert. Your meal will include dishes such as zalouk, taktouka or harira, tajine, couscous and will conclude with a dessert of fresh fruit and cinnamon or a sweetened nut pastilla and cream.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join your host Hind at her small and modern kitchen to learn to cook a traditional Moroccan meal from recipes that Hind has perfected over the years. In your hands-on cooking class you will learn to make two to three dishes from scratch in your host’s kitchen. Your Moroccan cooking lesson will last about two and a half hours. Learn to cook an authentic tajine, zalouk (eggplant salad) or taktouka (a zesty dip of cooked tomatoes and roasted peppers) and meat or vegetable couscous. If there is anything in particular you would like to learn, feel free to ask Hind ahead of time. After cooking you will sit down at the dining table to share the meal you helped prepare with Hind.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) The Gueliz market is a covered local market that Marrakshi frequent that sells everything from flowers and produce to specialty food and souvenirs. Enjoy a glass of fresh orange juice or a shake before walking through this neighborhood produce market. Explore with your host Hind local and regional produce and spices sold by vendors at the market and learn about the ingredients involved in Moroccan cuisine. During your market tour, you will purchase a few seasonal ingredients that you will use for your cooking class. Your market tour will last about 45 minutes before walking back 10 minutes to Hind’s apartment to start your cooking class.

Languages spoken: English, Arabic, French, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Zalouk, taktouka or harira
  • Seasonal tajine with vegetables and couscous
  • Dessert of fresh fruit or pastilla with cream

Traveler reviews

We meet a sweet and nice lady. Very easy to find her home. She had planned a nice menu for us, and it turned out delicious. The place was nice and clean. We can give her the best recommendations.
- Inger March 28, 2018

I had the pleasure of cooking with Hind in her lovely apartment in the new city. She is warm, funny and welcoming. We made harissa, zalouk and beef with vegetable couscous. You will not only learn about food but also Moroccan culture. Hind is a gem. I highly recommend this over the touristy restaurant classes!
- Diana March 27, 2018

We spent a lovely evening with Hind. She is warm, energetic and animated, a great conversationalist, and a great cook as well. After a quick visit to the local market to pick up a few ingredients, we pitched in a bit to help make a Berber style vegetable and beef tagine, which was complemented by a Moroccan salad, a puréed eggplant side dish, roast saffron chicken, and after dinner sweets and fruits. She is very efficient in the kitchen, so if you really want to get your hands dirty with the prep work do let her know in advance. Hind cooks the traditional way: A pinch of this, and a dash of that. If you are the type who needs precise recipes and measurements you may be a bit frustrated, but we found that this matched our own cooking style
- Charles March 20, 2018

It was a pleasure to be hosted by Hind. She was incredibly welcoming, talkative (perfect English!!) and gracious. The meal itself was excellent and she has our highest recommendation. We cooked a very authentic Moroccan meal of various mixed salads and a beef tagine. Hind gave us a tour of the Jemaa el Fnaa square and market beforehand where we enjoyed a fresh squeezed juice. Hind also took us to a separate market to buy fruit and bread. After the cooking we sat down and enjoyed the meal, which was delicious. It was nice to do it at the beginning of our trip as it informed the rest of our trip in terms of many of the dishes we ate and saw on menus. Hind was an excellent overall host and spoke perfect English with minimal accent, which was nice and made it easy to understand her. She gave us a lot of info on Morocco and the food culture as we cooked and helpful pieces of information on techniques and spices, etc. we could incorporate in our own home cooking. Overall I could not recommend her more highly.
- Corey, Traveling Spoon Ambassador February 19, 2018

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$48 $38 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $58 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$96 $78 Not offered
Alcohol
$9 per person
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$48 $38 $32
Cooking Experience + Meal
$72 $58 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$96 $78 Not offered
Alcohol
$9 per person
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm 4:00pm-9:00pm
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