Algeria citizens are predominantly Islam and this makes the observance of Ramadan in the ninth month of the Islamic year, celebrated as a national holiday.

During the observance of Ramadan which lasts for one month, Muslims are required to fast (this entails avoiding food and drinks) usually between sunrise and sunset. Although during this period, young and growing children, as well as pregnant women, may be allowed to eat a small amount.

At the end of each day in the month of Ramadan, sometimes as late as midnight, every family would join together and have a feast. Various kinds of bread and tea will most likely serve as refreshments before the meals are served.

A side dish that can be easily prepared for family and guests to snack on is the Algerian Cooked Carrot Salad.

With each serving containing an adequate amount of nutrients needed by the body to grow, providing a wide range of vitamins, fibre, minerals and sugar that your body needs, it is a very delicious and tasty meal to have on your table.

Preparation of the Algerian Cooked Carrot Salad is quite an easy process to go through; the hard part is getting all your ingredients in one place.


  1. Carrots
  2. Garlic Cloves
  3. Salt
  4. Sugar
  5. Lemon juice
  6. Cayenne pepper
  7. Cumin
  8. Parsley

How to Make:

  1. Start off with scraping and washing your carrots. This will remove any dirt on the carrot.
  2. Then you slice up the carrots lengthwise. Note that there is no specific way the carrots should be cut. You are free to cut them as largely or thinly as you want. Cut them in whatever way suits you.
  3. Cook carrots for 15 minutes with a little water. Add garlic, a pinch of salt and sugar to the water before boiling.
  4. When cooked, drain the carrots in a sieve. Put in a bowl and chill.
  5. Before you serve, douse the carrots with lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon of salt, cayenne pepper, and cumin.
  6. To give it some more colours, chop your parsley leaves and sprinkle on your cooked carrots.
  7. If you want that gritty feel when you munch on this delicious meal, you can add a little couscous to it and voila!

The Algerian Cooked Carrot Salad is a delicious meal and can be eaten regularly which will be good for your skin and body.

By: Chimezie Anerobi

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