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…

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…

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…

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….

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…