Algerian Food – Msemen

Algerian Food - Msemen

Algerian Food – Msemen

Msemen, a delightful Algerian pastry, has its roots deeply embedded in the culinary traditions of North Africa. Originating from Algeria, Msemen is a versatile flatbread that reflects the diverse cultural influences of the region, including Berber, Arab, and French culinary styles.
Traditionally enjoyed as a breakfast or snack, Msemen has become a beloved part of Algerian cuisine. The preparation and folding of the dough contribute to the unique texture of this flaky and savory pastry, making it a staple in Algerian households.
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Algerian
Servings 6 People
Calories 100 kcal


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fine semolina
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water approximately
  • Vegetable oil for folding and frying


  • Making the Dough
  • Combine Dry Ingredients:
  • In a large bowl, mix all-purpose flour, fine semolina, salt, and sugar.
  • Activate Yeast:
  • Dissolve active dry yeast in warm water and let it sit for a few minutes until it becomes frothy.
  • Form Dough:
  • Gradually add the yeast mixture to the dry ingredients, kneading to form a soft and elastic dough.
  • Let it Rise:
  • Cover the dough and let it rest in a warm place for about 1-2 hours or until it doubles in size.
  • Shaping and Folding
  • Divide the Dough:
  • Divide the dough into golf ball-sized portions.
  • Fold with Oil:
  • Coat each portion with vegetable oil and let them rest for a few minutes.
  • Stretch and Fold:
  • Take each portion, stretch it thin, and fold it into thirds, creating layers.
  • Repeat Folding:
  • Repeat the stretching and folding process until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
  • Frying Msemen
  • Heat the Pan:
  • Heat a non-stick pan or griddle over medium heat.
  • Cooking with Oil:
  • Brush the pan with vegetable oil.
  • Flatten each folded dough portion and cook on both sides until golden brown.
  • Repeat for Remaining Portions:
  • Repeat the cooking process for the remaining portions.
  • Drain Excess Oil:
  • Place the cooked Msemen on paper towels to drain excess oil.
  • Serving Msemen
  • Serve Warm:
  • Msemen is traditionally served warm.
  • Enjoy with Tea or Coffee:
  • Serve Msemen with tea or coffee for a delightful breakfast or snack.
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