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Khoubz el Dar | Algerian homestyle bread with wheat flour and semolina

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Algeria is a country where people consume allot of bread. Bread is sarced the Algerian people. And bread is almost always present on the table at every meal. Bread is fitting with the traditional Algerian cuisine that consists of soups and stews. What’s staggering about bread in Algeria is that while cheap French style baguettes are mass produced in bakeries everywhere, the good quality bread is primarily made by all women at home. And often twice daily. This results in fresh and delicious breads of all kinds.

Bread in Algeria  is a key component of the Algerian diet. There is even many ancient proverbs about bread:
“manage with bread and butter until God sends honey”

Today, I will share with you all a homestyle Algerian flat-ish bread called "Khoubz el Dar" meaning literally home bread. It is thick yet flat, chewy and super soft bread made from half wheat flour and semolina. Traditionally, this bread is made by working the dough for an extremely tiring and long amount of time then baking on a flat Earthen tadjine. But in modern times, using a kitchen mixer and a cast iron pan ... even a heavy bottom fry pan will do. Or even optionally it is even easier to just bake in the oven.

Khoubz el Dar

- Algerian homestyle bread with wheat flour and semolina
makes 2 loaves
  • 250g/ 1 cup flour
  • 350g/ 1 ½ cup semolina flour
  • 1 tablespoon oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon Nigella seeds 
  • 1 teaspoon anis seeds (optional)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • + ou – 350 mL/ 1 ½ warm water
  • medium or large grained semolina for coating the bread

1. Desolve the yeast in a half cup of the water + the sugar or honey.
2. Sift the flour and then mix with the semolina in a large bowl. Form a well in the bowl.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the well.
4. Add the water to form a soft and sticky dough.
5. Knead the dough on the work surface until become very malliable.
6. Cover with a kitchen towel and let stand 30 minutes
7. Knead again and cut the dough into 2 balls.
8. Flattened the balls into disks. 
9. Coat with the semolina. And allow to rise again, covered for 30 minutes.
10. Put in a preheated oven at 200 ° C and bake 20 to 30 minutes.

๑۞๑ Or optionally, as I did bake on tadjine, any other heavy bottomed fry pan or cast iron skillet on the stovetop.

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  1. Oh wow! We had Khoubz el dar recently!!!
    Blogged here: http://fruitfulfusion.blogspot.com/2012/09/khubz-addaar-khoubz-el-dar-house-bread.html

  2. Salam alaikum henia,

    Your bread looks sooo yummy mashAllah me and hubby were discussing today about how he eats more bread than the other food on the table (I sometimes get annoyed or upset by it lol) then he said you know I'm the one who eats the least amount of bread in my family and then he said some people in algeria will eat upto 2baguettes per meal?! For real Algerians like their bread

  3. Salam Alaikum again Henia,

    I just want to say i tried this recipe yesterday mashaAllah it is the best bread recipe ever! soooo soft and chewy delicious!

    JazakAllahu Khayran



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