Algerian Kholas Recipe

Algerian cuisine is full of delicious flavors that involve tasty spices, fresh vegetables, and lots of love. Kholas is a delectable Algerian dish that features carefully simmered beef that is marinated in a distinctive combination of spices. With origins in the Imazighen (Berber) culture, Kholas is a renowned comfort food perfect for cold days or to celebrate special occasions.

Kholas is typically served with couscous, a North African dish of semolina (or fine wheat grains) that is cooked around a stew. Its subtle flavors are simple but require attention to detail and time.

Are you ready to create this succulent Algerian delight? Here’s the full recipe!


– 2lbs boneless beef chuck roast
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 large onion, chopped
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
– 2 teaspoons ground cumin
– 2 teaspoons turmeric
– 2 teaspoons ground coriander
– 1 teaspoon ground ginger
– 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
– 1 teaspoon sea salt
– 2 cups beef broth
– Juice from 1 lime
– 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
2. Add beef and onion and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 7 minutes.
3. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
4. Add paprika, cumin, turmeric, coriander, ginger, cayenne, and sea salt. Stir until blended.
5. Add beef broth and bring to a simmer. Cover and reduce the heat to low.
6. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the beef is very tender.
7. Add lime juice and cilantro, mix, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
8. Serve with couscous and enjoy!