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    Traditional Algerian Rechta (Noodles) - Family Recipe!. Photo by Um Safia

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    1 hr 45 mins

    45 mins

    1 hr

    Um Safia's Note:

    Rechta (pronunced rish-ta) is a dish comprising of flat noodles and a chicken sauce (Marga bil djedj). Many people buy rechta noodles from the market already made - as many women add to their income by selling them. Rechta noodles keep very well in the freezer. You'll need a pasta machine for this recipe...

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    Serves: 8


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    For the Rechta (noodles)

    For the Marga (sauce)


    1. 1
      For the Rechta (noodles):.
    2. 2
      On a large work surface or in a large bowl, sift the flour. Add the salt and make a well in the centre. Add a little water and mix to form a firm but slightly soft dough.
    3. 3
      Divide the dough into quarters and roll each quarter out to an approximately thickness of 1-2mm on a surface dusted lightly with cornflour.
    4. 4
      Dust dough sheets very lightly and put through the pasta machine on the lowest setting (to create thinnest pasta sheet). When all pieces have been put through the machine, put on the side to dry out a little - for 20-30 minutes.
    5. 5
      Change the setting or add the attachment on the pasta machine to the one that cuts fine ribbons. Pass the sheets through the machine. Dust each sheet with cornflour- this really helps the noodles not to stick together.
    6. 6
      Allow to rest for 10 minutes before steaming in a cousier or regular steamer. Take a tiny amount of oil on your hands and gently rub a little through the rechta to prevent it from sticking together whilst cooking.
    7. 7
      Once the steam rises from the rechta, cook for 5 minutes. Remove from couscousier and sprinkle a little water over it and seperate any noodles. Return to steaming for a further 5 minutes or until noodles are visibly cooked.
    8. 8
      Tip rechta into a gas'a or other large dish and gently mix the ghee (smen) through it. Taste and add extra salt if required.
    9. 9
      For the Marga (sauce):.
    10. 10
      In a pressure cooker, fry the onion, garlic and chicken in the oil with the spices, cook for further 10 minutes on medium heat. Add the vegetables and chick peas and pour on the water. Season and cook for 30 minutes or until chicken and vegetables are tender.
    11. 11
      Serve the rechta by placing the rechta noodles in gas'a or large dish (or individually if preferred) and pouring about 1/2 the marga (sauce) over the top. Arrange the vegetables and chicken so everyone gets a good selection.
    12. 12
      Note: (If you're not using a pressure cooker, please cook for approximately 1hr and add the chickpeas during the last 20 minutes of cooking time) Traditionally rechta usually only has turnip in it. My family prefers the above mix of vegetables and sometimes I even add carrots - you can use what you like!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 08, 2011

      Nice! A friend recently visited me from Algeria and made this; it was good but I like your version a little better (because anything that gives me the excuse to use ras el-hanout is good in my book!). One thing I wonder about: the "long turnips." Are they what they call "luft" in Algerian Arabic? Before my friend came, he asked if we had "luft" in Turkey. What he described sounded like a turnip or even a parsnip, but when I didn't really understand, he decided to bring it himself, and what he brought was long white radishes! I'd never had radishes cooked, but it was very nice. So now I make this dish with that, or even daikon radishes sliced longways into 4ths and then cut in half.

      He brought a lot of ready-made rechta and I put the rest in the freezer, but I do have a pasta machine and can't wait to try making the rechta by hand! (It must have been an incredible amount of work before pasta machines...)

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    Nutritional Facts for Traditional Algerian Rechta (Noodles) - Family Recipe!

    Serving Size: 1 (579 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 811.6
    Calories from Fat 295
    Total Fat 32.8 g
    Saturated Fat 9.5 g
    Cholesterol 144.7 mg
    Sodium 855.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 79.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.2 g
    Sugars 4.7 g
    Protein 46.3 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    ras el hanout spice mix

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