Algerian Food – Rachta

Algerian Food - Rachta

Algerian Food – Rachta

Rachta, a hearty Algerian stew, has deep roots in the culinary traditions of North Africa. Originating from Algeria, Rachta is a dish that reflects the diverse cultural influences of the region, blending Berber, Arab, and French culinary styles.
This savory stew is often associated with communal meals, family gatherings, and celebrations. Rachta's history is intertwined with the agricultural practices of North Africa, where an abundance of fresh vegetables and legumes contributes to the robust flavors of this traditional dish.
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Algerian
Servings 6 People
Calories 250 kcal


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas soaked overnight
  • 1 cup dried white beans soaked overnight
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 zucchini diced
  • 1 large potato peeled and diced
  • 1 cup pumpkin diced
  • 1 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • Fresh parsley chopped (for garnish)


  • Preparing the Legumes
  • Soak Chickpeas and White Beans:
  • Soak dried chickpeas and white beans in water overnight.
  • Cook Legumes:
  • In a large pot, boil soaked chickpeas, white beans, and lentils until tender.
  • Sautéing Vegetables
  • Sauté Onion and Garlic:
  • In a separate pot, heat vegetable oil and sauté finely chopped onion and minced garlic until golden.
  • Add Aromatics:
  • Stir in ground cumin, paprika, and turmeric for aromatic flavor.
  • Incorporate Tomato Paste:
  • Add tomato paste and cook for a few minutes to enhance richness.
  • Building the Stew
  • Add Chopped Vegetables:
  • Incorporate diced carrots, zucchini, potato, pumpkin, and tomatoes into the pot.
  • Season with Salt and Pepper:
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Combine with Legumes:
  • Transfer the cooked legumes to the pot, blending flavors.
  • Pour Vegetable Broth:
  • Pour in vegetable broth, ensuring all ingredients are immersed.
  • Simmering to Perfection
  • Simmer Until Vegetables Are Tender:
  • Allow the stew to simmer on low heat until all vegetables are tender.
  • Adjust Seasoning:
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Serving Rachta
  • Garnish with Fresh Parsley:
  • Serve Rachta hot, garnished with freshly chopped parsley.
  • Enjoy this Hearty Stew:
  • Rachta serves approximately 6 people and takes about 1.5 hours to cook.
  • Nutritional Information:
  • The estimated calorie count for Rachta is around 250 calories per serving, depending on specific ingredient quantities.
Keyword Algerian Cuisine, Algerian Food, Algerian Recipes

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