Algerian Food – Berkoukes

Algerian Food - Berkoukes

Algerian Food – Berkoukes

Berkoukes, a traditional Algerian dish, has deep roots in the culinary history of North Africa. This hearty and flavorful dish is a manifestation of the region's rich cultural tapestry, blending influences from indigenous Berber communities and historical interactions with Arab, French, and Ottoman cultures. Berkoukes holds a special place in Algerian homes, often prepared during festive occasions and family gatherings. Its origins can be traced to the Maghreb region, where communal cooking and the use of locally sourced ingredients are integral to the culinary heritage.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Algerian
Servings 4 People


  • 2 cups Berkoukes pasta (small pasta beads)
  • 1 cup Chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1 Pound lamb, cubed
  • 1/4 cup olive Oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish


  • Prepare Chickpeas:
  • Rinse the soaked chickpeas and cook until tender. Set aside.
  • Brown the Lamb:
  • In a large pot, heat olive oil and brown the lamb cubes on all sides.
  • Sauté Onion:
  • Add chopped onions to the pot and sauté until golden brown.
  • Add Spices:
  • Incorporate ground turmeric, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
  • Introduce Tomatoes:
  • Add diced tomatoes and tomato paste to the pot. Cook until tomatoes are softened.
  • Cooking Steps
  • Simmer Lamb:
  • Pour enough water to cover the lamb, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the lamb is tender.
  • Add Chickpeas and Pasta:
  • Introduce cooked chickpeas and berkoukes pasta to the pot.
  • Cook Until Tender:
  • Continue simmering until the pasta is tender and has absorbed the flavors of the broth.
  • Adjust Seasoning:
  • Taste the stew and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Serve Hot:
  • Ladle the Berkoukes stew into bowls, garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley, and serve hot.
Keyword Algerian Cuisine, Algerian Food, Algerian Recipes

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