Algerian Carrot Salad with Cumin (Zrodiya Bel Kemoun)


Algerian Carrot Salad with Cumin – Zrodiya Bel Kemoun is a that is very easy to prepare. Zrodiya means carrot in (the Algerian Arabic dialect). This is eaten all around North African Countries.

Serves 4


Algerian Carrot Salad with Cumin (Zrodiya Bel Kemoun)



  • 8 carrots
  • 3 tablespoons of sunflower oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of harissa (or 1 red chili pepper)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin (powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin (seeds)
  • 1 small bunch of coriander
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of black pepper



Peel and wash the carrots.

Slice the carrots.

In a cooking pot add the carrots, the salt, and the water.

Cook for 20 minutes and set aside in a colander.

In a pilon (mortier or mahraz in Arabic), mix the peeled garlic, the cumin powder, the black pepper, and the harissa (or the chili red pepper).

In a frying pan add the sunflower oil and the mix of (garlic, cumin powder, black pepper, and the harissa) and cook for 2 or 3 minutes to give a deep flavor.

Add the sliced carrots and 2 tablespoons of water and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes and stir with a wooden spoon.

When the carrots are tender remove them from the heat.

Serve on dishing plate and add cumin seeds and a few leaves of coriander.



This salad can be eaten hot or cold, the carrots are tender, spicy, and full of flavor.


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