Algerian vegetable soup

When we lived on the compound in Riyadh I had several friends from Morocco and Algeria. After attending dinners where this soup was served I asked one of my friends for the recipe. It is a light tomato soup with lots of spices. One of the ingredients in this soup is a grain that I could not find in my area so I substituted oats which I have also noticed in a couple of soups.


1 potato

1 green bell pepper

1 carrot

1 onion chopped

2 garlic cloves

1 cup green cabbage

2 tomatoes

1 zucchini

10 cups water

1/2  tsp.  of each: cinnamon, turmeric, allspice, cumin

1 tsp. salt or to taste

pinch of cayenne pepper

1/2 cup oats

1 small can tomato paste

cilantro, washed, chopped


Peel potatoes, zucchini and carrot.

Peel onion and chop

Wash vegetables and chop into chunks


Put water in a large pan and add tomato paste, whisk well, add spices and vegetables. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat and cover. Let this low boil for approximately 30 minutes or until vegetables are cooked. Turn off heat and let the stock cool a little. Carefully remove the vegetables from the soup with a slotted spoon and place in a dish or pan that is appropriate for hot food.  Let them cool a bit in the way that best works for you so that they can be blended in a food processor.


Blend them in a food processor (you should have a tiny bit of liquid with them to make it easy to blend) pour carefully back into stock and stir. Bring to a boil and add 1/2 cup oats. Let this lightly boil, cover and cook for the next 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. When soup is done, turn off heat and sprinkle chopped cilantro on top. If you do not care for cilantro this can be optional.



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92 thoughts on “Algerian vegetable soup

    1. ha ha well I put real because I cook for real, no expensive ingredients or gadgets, i cooked on a stove that shocked me, had no pans or proper ingredients and still had to cook! so I learned to cook for real, just cook with what i had

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          1. Haha well it is a vegetable does that help? lol I should post a picture Anand!! It is so funny I love the Inidan cooks here, amazing!!! I am often not sure of some ingredients!! I used to go and watch so I could see it first hand!

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    1. Oh my gosh!!!!!! Thank you for saying that! I had about 5 friends and I always wonder ok is this right by my memory! So lovely of you to comment! thanks! I wasn’t sure now living in the states where frik is or which grain so I decided to just use oats which I had in a lovely pakistani soup many times!!Thanks you made my day!


  1. What a delicious and nutritious soup! I love healthy pureed soups…my little ones usually eat them without too much complaining 🙂 This soup looks so flavorful and I can’t wait to make it this winter.

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