Garantita (Algerian Chickpea Pie)

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 1 hr

I am not sure if that is how you spell it! I saw the recipe in "The Great Book of Couscous" and they called it Karantika. This is popular in Algeria (and made in my house a few times per week). It is best served sliced with bread and a bit of harissa or on crackers. Baking time can be decreased to make a mushier version. A food processor is used to make sure you get a smooth combination of ingredients. Chick pea flour can be found in Indian Grocery Stores. It is called "Besan".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine flour, water, oil, salt and pepper in food processor until mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour into glass or metal pan at least 6x10-inch.
  3. Pour the beaten egg over.
  4. Bake 375° for 1 hour or until top becomes golden.
  5. Sprinkle with cumin.
  6. Slice and serve on baguette with harissa or other hot sauce.
Most Helpful

Great stuff! I serve it with Harissa and grated Parmasan.

Kan Z. November 22, 2014

Wow, this turned out so moist and creamy... almost like cheese! The flavor actually reminded me of Cheetos for some reason, which I liked. I just ate this as a side dish without any bread- very tasty by itself.

rpgaymer June 03, 2013

Let it sit in the refrigerator a day, then cut thin slices, fry them in oil or olive oil and pour a tomato sauce with harissa over it and eat like fried pasta...not healthy at all, but it's so good !

Asd;MRS-NYC October 17, 2009