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,…

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…

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 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…

Algerian Bourek

Bourek is a delicious Algerian starter served during Ramadan to accompany the traditional chorba (soup). Boureks are stuffed with onion, meat, parsley and eggs. The origin of the name comes from Turkish, and this delicious starter is the signature of the city of Algiers. The name, as well as the filling options, vary from country…

Cocas

Cocas, are a savory pastry imported by the Europeans living in Algeria during the French colonization (1830-1962) in Algeria. They are similar to the Spanish Empanadas and they are made with a basic dough and filled with peppers, tomatoes, garlic and spices. They can also sometimes be filled with meat and onions and prepared with a…

Algerian Tajine Zeïtoun

Tajine Zeitoun, is a traditional dish from the repertoire of Algerian cuisine. It is a stew, either made with chicken or lamb, and with green olives, and is slowly cooked to enrich the aromas of this dish. Aside from being the name of this dish, Tajine, is also Arabic for the name of the large clay…

M’hencha

M’hencha are a North African pastry made with a dough called Diouls sheets or Brick sheets, and filled with almond paste. These sheets (diouls/brick) are on sale every where in Algeria (and also in other North African countries), as they are used for savory recipes, and many sweet desserts. This pastry originates from the Ottoman Empire….

Algerian Mtewem Marqa Hamra, Algerian Garlicky Meat Balls in Red Sauce

Today, I made Mtewem, which means garlicky in Arabic. This dish is originally from the capital city of Algiers and the original recipe is made with white sauce. In my family we always make this dish with a spicy red sauce. This dish consists of meatballs filled with garlic and cumin, extremely aromatic. So popular…