Spain is famous for many things such as football, beautiful coastlines, the siesta, fun festivals, but is most well-known for its delicious food. Packed full of flavor and character, Spanish cuisine is quite extensive and varied, with each region having their own specialties. From tasty tapas to scrumptious seafood dishes, Spanish cuisine is bound to impress and satisfy the palates of almost everyone - including Muslims. Halal Spanish dishes will not be difficult to find, with some of the best Halal restaurants in Spain offering many options.
Muslim tourists visiting Spain for the first time will have plenty of new and interesting flavors to try. Since indulging in the country’s cuisine is one of the best parts of traveling, visitors to Spain must make it a point to try at least some, if not all of the must-try dishes listed below.
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Synonymous with Spanish cuisine, Paella is a traditional rice dish originating in Valencia. It is actually impossible to go to Spain and not try some flavorful paella. Typically this rice dish was a mish mash of ingredients that were available, like rabbit, chicken and local vegetables, but over the years it has evolved and is now common to find a variety of fresh seafood mixed in with the rice. Though Halal restaurants may be hard to find, the best place to try this famous dish with seafood would be at one of the many beachfront restaurants, as they are sure to have the freshest seafood.
Tortilla Española is a traditional Spanish omelette. Consisting of eggs, potatoes, onions, salt and pepper, this omelette is possibly the most common dish savored by locals as well as the country’s tourists. Variations of this dish can be seen in each city.
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Like most Halal Spanish dishes, gazpacho too can be made in more than one way. The main ingredients for this refreshing soup are usually tomato, cucumber, onion, garlic, olive oil and a little bread. Usually served chilled, this soup is a great way to cool down and survive the Spanish summer.
Gambas al Ajillo is one of the most popular tapas served at every tapas bar in Spain. This very simple yet delicious garlic prawn dish is definite must-try when in Spain.
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Patatas bravas is another tapas dish that tourists should not miss. This dish also tends to vary quite a bit from town to town. However all versions of this dish include chunks of fried potato mixed with a sauce or topping.
Turrón, or almond nougat is a treat enjoyed by most Spaniards during Christmas, although it is available throughout the year. There are two versions of this nougat, the hard variety and the soft one. Made out of honey, egg white and almonds, this yummy sweet treat is another must-try for Muslim tourists in Spain.
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Pisto is a Spanish ratatouille made with tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic, zucchini, and olive oil. Usually served with a fried egg, pisto can be eaten as a starter or enjoyed as a side dish.
Churros can be found in most bakeries and cafés in Spain. This deep-fried treat is usually tossed in sugar and cinnamon and served with a thick chocolate sauce, and is sure to be enjoyed by kids as well as adults.