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Mahjouba – the Famous Algerian Streetfood

In the streets of Algeria, you will find this delicious flatbread everywhere. With a bit of dedication, you can taste it at home as well!

What you will need:


  • 1 1/2 cup semolina flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp coriander, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 2 green chilies, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  •  400g of tomato


What you will need to do:

  • Begin by preparing the dough. In a large bowl, combine semolina flour and salt. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups of water (or more if needed) until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough by hand or with a dough hook attached to a stand mixer for approximately 7 minutes, until it becomes elastic. Divide the dough into six equal portions, coat each ball with some oil, and place them on a baking sheet. Cover the balls and let them rest for 30 minutes.
  • While the dough is resting, make the filling. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add chopped onions and sauté them for about 5 minutes until they become translucent. Add garlic and cumin, and fry for another 30 seconds until the aroma is released.
  • Now, incorporate grated carrots, chili, and tomato paste into the pan, and sauté the mixture for an additional 3 minutes. Introduce tinned tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Allow the mixture to simmer for 15 minutes to thicken and let the excess water from the tomatoes evaporate. Remove the pan from heat, stir in the coriander, and let the filling cool.
  • Prepare your work surface by greasing it with oil. Take one of the dough balls and use your hands to stretch it into a very thin circle. Gently pull out the edges to form a large, thin square, approximately 25cm x 25cm in size. Place a scoop of the cooled filling in the center of the square. Fold opposite ends to meet in the middle, and then fold the other two ends to create an envelope shape. Repeat this process with all the dough balls.
  • Heat another tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add as many shaped flatbreads as you can fit into the pan. Cook each side for 4-5 minutes or until they turn golden brown.

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