Chtitha batata (Algerian potato stew)

    45 min

    This authentic Algerian potato stew is made with dersa, a spicy chilli and garlic paste. It's delicious on its own as a vegan or vegetarian main, or served as a side to meat or fish. An easy way to enjoy North African cuisine at home with easy to find ingredients!

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    Serves: 4 

    • For the dersa
    • 4 cloves garlic
    • 1 small red chilli, seeded and roughly chopped
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • For the stew
    • 700g new potatoes, halved
    • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
    • salt to taste

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:45min 

      For the dersa:

    1. Peel and halve the garlic cloves. Remove the germ (the green sprout) from the center of each.
    2. Add the garlic, chilli and spices to a mortar.
    3. Grind with a pestle until it forms a paste. Add olive oil and mix well.
    4. For the stew:

    5. Add the dersa to a large saucepan or casserole over medium heat. Fry the dersa for a few minutes, till fragrant.
    6. Add the halved potatoes to the pan and stir well. Stir in tomato puree and salt to taste. Add enough water to just cover the potatoes. Bring to the boil and simmer for 40 minutes, or till potatoes are tender.
    7. Remove potatoes to a serving bowl and spoon over any remaining sauce in the pan. Serve.


    Chtitha batata (Algerian potato stew)
    Chtitha batata (Algerian potato stew)

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    They do something so good in Algeria!  -  20 Oct 2016  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)