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Pastilla

Pastilla (pronounced "bastila"; in Arabic: b'stela) is a traditional dish of Moroccan cuisine whose origins date back to Islamic Spain. After the fall of Granada, the last Islamic city in Spain, the Muslims who took refuge in the Maghreb brought with them their culinary traditions, including pastilla. The term comes from the Spanish "pasta".

It is a flan made with chicken meat cut into pieces. Fish can also be used for the preparation. Pastilla is generally served as an appetizer at the beginning of special meals.

It is a preparation that combines the taste of sweet and salty; a series of layers of puff pastry, salted meat, cooked slowly in broth and spices and then shredded, and a crisp layer of toasted and chopped almonds, cinnamon and sugar.