Shakhshoukha Dish| A Taste of Algerian Delight

Shakhshokha dish

Discover the rich flavors and captivating history of the Shakhshoukha dish. Moreover, a beloved culinary treasure from Algeria. This article delves into the origins, ingredients, and preparation techniques of this delectable Algerian specialty.

The History of the Traditional Shakhshoukha Dish

  • The Shakhshoukha dish is deeply rooted in the cultural heritage of Algeria, specifically in the Amazigh (Berber) community.
  • The Amazigh people have a long history in Algeria since their culinary practices have been passed down through generations.
  • As a result, Shakhshoukha was created as a response to the social and economic disparities in Algerian society.
  • Because of this, it was made with simple and humble ingredients to showcase resourcefulness and creativity.
  • Over time, Shakhshoukha has gained popularity across all social classes in Algeria.

ingredients of Shakhshoukha Dish

For the soup of Shakhshoukha Dish:

  • 1 kg of onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 kg of tomatoes, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Hot pepper, to taste
  • Cilantro, a handful.
  • Parsley, a handful
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • Harissa, to taste
  • Dried tomatoes, a few pieces
  • Dried pepper and salt, to season
  • Cooking oil, for sautéing
  • A teaspoon of ground coriander.
  • Hot pepper (optional), for extra heat
  • Vegetables (potatoes, carrots, zucchini), diced

Preparation steps for Shakhshoukha soup:

  • Firstly, chop the onion, tomato, and garlic into fine pieces.
  • Heat a pot, then add cooking oil, tomato paste, harissa, dried tomato, and hot pepper.
  • Mix the chopped onion, tomato, and garlic into the pot.
  • Stir the ingredients on high heat until they form a smooth texture.
  • Boil water separately until it reaches a high temperature.
  • Pour the hot water into the pot with the ingredients and continue cooking for 10 minutes.
  • Add the desired vegetables to the pot.
  • Allow the dish to simmer until the vegetables are cooked to your preferred tenderness.

Ingredients for Kasra Chekchoukha dish:

  • 1 kg of semolina or wheat.
  • Salt, to taste.
  • Cooking oil (approximately 5 tablespoons).

Preparation for Kasra Shakhshoukha soup:

  • Combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl, ensuring they well mix until a smooth dough obtain.
  • Transfer the dough to a clean surface and knead it for a few minutes until it becomes elastic and pliable.
  • Preheat the oven to the desired baking temperature.
  • Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into a thin, even sheet.
  • Carefully transfer the flattened dough onto a tajine or baking dish.
  • Place the tajine or baking dish with the dough in the preheated oven.
  • Bake the dough until it cooks through and turns golden brown.
  • Once the Kesra Chekchoukha is ready, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Use mortar to mush the Kasra into small pieces.

Steps for dressing and serving Shakhshouka dish:

  • Take a large plate and place the prepared Shakhshouka in the center.
  • Pour the soup generously over the Shakhshouka. In addition, allowing it to absorb by the dish.
  • Decorate the Shakhshouka with an arrangement of vegetables, adding visual appeal and freshness to the plate.
  • Drizzle a generous amount of olive oil over the dish, enhancing its flavor and providing a silky texture.
  • Sprinkle small pieces of onion on top of the Shakhshouka, adding a subtle crunch and depth of flavor.
  • Boile eggs can add to decorate the dish.
  • For an extra kick of heat, scatter hot pepper pieces on the dish, adding a spicy element to the overall taste.
  • Ensure all elements are evenly distribute and well-presented on the plate.
  • The dress Shakhshouka is now ready to serve. So, enjoyed as a delicious and visually appealing meal.


So, the Shakhshoukha dish holds a special place in the hearts and palates of Algerians, with its captivating history and enticing flavors. Whether enjoyed during the holy month of Ramadan or at festive gatherings, this Algerian delight continues to captivate and bring people together, transcending social divides. So, why not embark on a culinary adventure and savor the irresistible charm of Shakhshoukha?



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