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Zviti: Traditional Algerian Chili Dish

Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 30 min Total Time: 45 mins
Best Season Suitable throughout the year

The dish we are preparing today comes from Bou Saada, a mountainous region located in the highlands at an altitude of over 1300 m. Zviti, or "chlada mahrez" (salad in a mortar) consists of pounding in a large mortar some still hot and malleable pancake, with a mixture of tomatoes, peppers, peppers, garlic, fennel seeds ... This dish has the particularity of being eaten in the mortar used for its preparation.

    For the pancake
  • 500 grams fine semolina ⠀
  • 4 tablespoons oil ⠀
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Water ⠀
  • For the salad ⠀
  • 4 medium tomatoes (grilled, peeled, seeded and diced)
  • 2 green peppers (peeled and seeded)
  • 2 grilled green peppers (peeled and seeded)
  • 6 dry red peppers (seeded and rehydrated in water)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste diluted in a glass of hot water ⠀
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • coriander seeds ⠀
  • fennel seeds ⠀
  • chopped coriander ⠀
  • Olive oil ⠀
  • Salt
    Prepare the galette
  1. Mix the semolina and salt. Add the oil.

  2. Gradually add water to pick up the paste. Knead until a firm dough is obtained. 

  3. Divide into four dough pieces. 

  4. Flatten so as to obtain pancakes with a thickness of 1 cm. Bake on a hot cast iron griddle (or skillet) for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Crumble the hot pancakes.

  5.  Bake on a hot cast iron griddle (or skillet) for 3 to 4 minutes per side. 

  6. Crumble the hot pancakes.

  7. Prepare the salad
  8. Arrange the fennel seeds, coriander, salt, and garlic in a masher and mash. 

  9. Add the red pepper, the cilantro leaves and mash again. Then add the green peppers and tomatoes. 

  10. Mix everything, then gradually add the pieces of crumbled pancake, alternating with the diluted tomato paste. To crush.

  11. Pour a drizzle of olive oil and mix. Enjoy with a glass of lben (buttermilk)