|Alternative names||Chekhechoukha, chakhchoura (شخشوخة)|
|Place of origin||Algeria|
Chakhchoukha, chekhechoukha or chakhchoura (Arabic: شخشوخة) is a dish of Algerian cuisine, eaten often on festive celebrations, especially popular in the Aurès region. The dish consists of small pieces of rougag (thin round flatbread) mixed with marqa, a stew.
Chakhchoukha is an originally Chaoui culinary speciality that has now extended to other parts of Algeria. The word chakhchoukha comes from tacherchert, "crumbing" or "tearing into small pieces" in the Chaouia language (émietter in French). This dish originated in the hearty food shepherds needed when they came back home on cold winter nights.
The rougag or flat bread is made with fine semolina and, after baking, is torn by hand into small pieces. When eating in individual plates, about two handfuls are put in the plate and then the sauce or stew is poured on top.
The marqa or stew consists of diced lamb cooked with spices, tomatoes, chopped onions and chick peas. Often potatoes, zucchini, carrots and green peppers are added to the mixture depending on the season, the area and the family.