Algerian Food – Chorba frik

Algerian Food - Chorba frik

Algerian Food – Chorba frik

Chorba Frik, a soul-warming Algerian soup, has a history deeply rooted in the culinary traditions of North Africa. Originating from Algeria, Chorba Frik is a traditional dish that showcases the influence of Berber and Arab cultures on Algerian cuisine.
The star ingredient, frik (cracked wheat), has been a staple in the region for centuries. This hearty soup, often enjoyed during special occasions and communal gatherings, reflects the resilience and resourcefulness of Algerian cooking.
Chorba Frik's history is a testament to the connection between the people of Algeria and their land.
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Algerian
Servings 4 People
Calories 220 kcal


  • 1 cup lamb or chicken cubed
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup frik cracked wheat
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas soaked overnight
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh coriander for garnish
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  • Preparing the Base
  • Sauté Onion and Meat:
  • In a large pot, heat vegetable oil and sauté chopped onions until translucent.
  • Add cubed lamb or chicken, browning them on all sides.
  • Add Spices and Tomato Paste:
  • Incorporate ground cumin, paprika, turmeric, salt, and pepper.
  • Stir in tomato paste, allowing it to cook for a few minutes.
  • Create the Broth:
  • Pour enough water to cover the meat and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and let it simmer until the meat is tender.
  • Cooking Steps
  • Cook Frik and Chickpeas:
  • Add frik (cracked wheat) and soaked chickpeas to the pot, allowing them to cook until tender.
  • Add Vegetables:
  • Introduce diced carrots, potatoes, zucchini, and celery. Allow them to cook until tender.
  • Adjust Seasoning:
  • Stir in ground cumin, paprika, turmeric, salt, and pepper, adjusting the seasoning to taste.
  • Serve Hot:
  • Ladle Chorba Frik into bowls, garnish with fresh coriander, and serve hot with lemon wedges on the side.
Keyword Algerian Cuisine, Algerian Food, Algerian Recipes

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