Algerian Bread – Flatbread

Algerian Food - Flatbread


Flatbread, a fundamental component of Algerian cuisine, has a rich history deeply entwined with the cultural heritage of North Africa. Rooted in the traditional bread-making methods of Berber communities, Algerian flatbread is a symbol of sustenance and communal dining.
The preparation of flatbread reflects the resourcefulness of Algerian bakers, using simple ingredients to create a staple that accompanies meals and serves as a vessel for various dishes.
This traditional flatbread has evolved over generations, embodying the flavors and traditions unique to the region.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Algerian
Servings 4 People
Calories 120 kcal


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • Sesame seeds or nigella seeds for garnish optional


  • Preparing the Dough
  • Activate Yeast:
  • In a bowl, combine warm water, sugar, and yeast. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.
  • Mix Dry Ingredients:
  • In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour and salt.
  • Combine Wet and Dry:
  • Pour the yeast mixture into the flour and mix until a dough forms.
  • Knead Dough:
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  • Cooking Steps
  • Divide and Shape:
  • Divide the dough into golf ball-sized portions and flatten each into a round disc.
  • Rest the Dough:
  • Place the flattened discs on a baking sheet, cover with a cloth, and let them rest for 30-60 minutes.
  • Preheat and Roll:
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).
  • Roll out each disc into a thin round shape.
  • Bake:
  • Place the rolled dough on a baking sheet and brush the top with olive oil.
  • Optionally, sprinkle sesame seeds or nigella seeds on top.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the flatbread is golden brown and cooked through.
  • Serve Warm:
  • Allow the flatbread to cool slightly before serving.
  • Enjoy the Algerian Flatbread as an accompaniment to various dishes or on its own.
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