Chtitha Batata (Algerian Potato Stew)


This authentic Algerian potato stew is made with dersa, a spicy chile and garlic paste. It's delicious on its own as a vegan or vegetarian main, or served as a side to meat or fish. An easy way to enjoy North African cuisine at home with easy-to-find ingredients!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings



  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and halved

  • 1 small fresh red chile pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • 1 ½ pounds new potatoes, halved

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • water to cover

  • salt to taste


  1. Combine garlic, chile pepper, cumin, paprika, black pepper, cayenne, and salt in a mortar; grind with a pestle until it forms a paste. Add olive oil and mix dersa well.

  2. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and stir-fry dersa until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes. Add potato halves and stir to combine with the dersa. Stir in tomato paste. Pour in enough water to just cover the potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes.

  3. Ladle potatoes into a serving bowl. Spoon any remaining sauce over the potatoes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

206 Calories
7g Fat
33g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 206
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 378mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 43mg 216%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 818mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.