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Algerian Chorba Frik - A Hearty Taste of Tradition

Algerian Chorba Frik - A Hearty Taste of Tradition

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Algerian Chorba Frik

Prepare to embark on a culinary journey to Algeria, where the vibrant flavors of North African cuisine come to life. Today, we present to you a beloved Algerian recipe that has stood the test of time: Chorba Frik. With its rich history and comforting flavors, this traditional soup embodies the heart and soul of Algerian culture. Chorba Frik holds a special place in Algerian culinary heritage, tracing its origins back centuries to the Berber tribes of North Africa. This nourishing soup was traditionally prepared during special occasions and festive gatherings, symbolizing unity and togetherness. 

Its name, "chorba," means soup in Arabic, while "frik" refers to the cracked wheat that forms the base of this hearty dish. Passed down through generations, Chorba Frik has become a cherished recipe that brings families and friends together, celebrating the warmth of Algerian hospitality.

Servings: 6

Keywords: Chorba Frik, Algerian food, African Food

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hours 0 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hours 10 mins




  • 200 grams Lamb or beef, cut into small cubes
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 Tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cuo Frik (cracked wheat)
  • A handful of fresh cilantro chopped
  • Fresh lemon wedges for serving


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, sautéing until they turn golden brown and fragrant.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste to the pot, stirring well to combine. Allow the mixture to cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes soften.
  3. Toss in the meat cubes and season with turmeric, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Sauté until the meat is lightly browned on all sides.
  4. Pour in enough water to cover the meat, typically around 1.5 liters, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  5. Add the frik (cracked wheat) to the pot, stirring gently to incorporate it into the broth. Simmer for an additional 20-25 minutes until the frik is tender and cooked through.
  6. Just before serving, sprinkle the freshly chopped cilantro over the Chorba Frik, infusing it with a burst of fresh herbal fragrance.
  7. Ladle the piping hot soup into bowls and serve with lemon wedges on the side. The tangy citrus juice adds a zesty touch, perfectly complementing the hearty flavors of this Algerian delight.
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