Algerian Chorba Beïda

Algerian Chorba Beïda, is a fragrant soup from the city of Algiers (Algeria) and served during the Ramadan month. Made with few ingredients but always with chicken. His particularity is the addition of the egg yolk into the soup at the end of the cooking. The egg yolk brings the white color to this soup,…

Mesfouf B’Zbib

Mesfouf B’zbib is a steamed couscous made with dry golden raisins. This dish is served during the Holy Month of Ramadan and also throughout the year. A good couscous is best served when steamed twice, and can also be prepared either sweet or savory. This version is a sweet one. Zbib means dry raisins in…

Palouza

Yesterday, the Holy Month of Ramadan started for muslims around the world. During this sacred month, I always cook Algerian cuisine; especially traditional dishes, breads, and sweets. Yesterday, I made Palouza, a creamy, sweet and refreshing dessert. Similar to M’halbi, both are popular in Algeria. The recipe varies from family to family, and it is…

Khobz El Koucha, Khobz Eddar

Khobz El Koucha or Khobz Eddar are an Algerian homemade bread baked in the oven and made with only a few ingredients. In addition to fresh yeast and milk (or water), it can be made with just flour (like today), or a mix of flour and durum wheat semolina, or only with durum wheat semolina. We love…

Zrodiya M’chermla

I prepared this simple, fresh dish with carrots called Zrodiya M’chermla. A spicy Algerian dish served as an entrée (marinated carrots full of garlic, caraway, cumin…)! I love this dish, as it reminds me of my summer’s at my grandmother’s house. We used to prepare this dish in the garden, where we had a little…

Algerian Tchakchouka

Tchakchouka is a very tasty Algerian dish but also popular across North Africa in general. It is easy to prepare, especially with the abundance in tomatoes and peppers during summertime. It’s appetizing and colorful and much better when cooked with a good extra virgin oil. Ingredients: 6 long sweet pepper (Anaheim or Cubanelle) 1 long…

Algerian Mouskotchou Cake

What is Mouskoutchou? Also called Mouskoutchou. Mouskoutchou is the most popular cake in Algeria. If you ask anyone, they immediately know about what you are talking about. This cake is a between a Sponge Cake and and Génoise Cake, and is usually the first sweet treat you learn how to make in Algeria. Very simple to…

Tcharek M’saker, Algerian Gazelle Horns

Yesterday was the first day of Eid celebrations for muslims around the world, marking the end of the month of Ramadan. During Eid, we prepare some sweets that we share with our families, friends and neighbors. We also buy new clothes for children and give them money, whilst women put henna on their hands. This year,…

Almond paste stuffed dates

Almond paste stuffed dates are a very popular sweet treat in Algeria, usually served in small saucers or into a large copper tray. They are made with the famous Algerian dates called Deglet Nour, which grows in abundance in Algeria and especially in Biskra, located in north east of Algeria and famous for its palm grove. They are…

Algerian Chtitha Djedj

Today I made an inviting Algerian dish called Chtitha Djedj, always served during the month of Ramadan. A simple and tasteful dish made with chicken and chickpeas; and strongly flavored with garlic. Djedj means in chicken in Arabic. Chtitha is related to the world chtih, which in Arabic means dance. The anecdote behind this is that this dish…