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…

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…

Caramelized Semolina Pudding

Only a few more days until the end of Ramadan, and the days will soon become busy with Eïd preparations (and then the celebration of course!). I decided to prepare a semolina pudding with a caramel topping, extremely popular in North Africa and always with a hint of orange blossom water. A sweet and fresh…