{Versions & Verdicts} Linda’s Batata Koucha

There are some things that remind you of people. Some food that remind you of people. Either way, they make you remember people. Most of them are in your friends or family circle. It’s so fun and sweet to remember someone you did not even meet personally.

That’s what blogging does. You remember your fellow bloggers when you see certain foods or you hear or read certain lines… Without their knowledge, some of their recipes are stuck in your mind and you keep thinking about it over and over again until you reach that day that the battle should end. 😀

Batata Koucha - The Not So Creative Cook 2

I don’t know if I can call myself a planner, but I always make a list of what I want to do for the weekend or what errands do I have to run after work. I always keep track of the ingredients and buy them before they’re even finished. When at the grocery and suddenly thought of cooking this and that, I buy ingredients without even knowing when I could use them. They end up somewhere else in my pantry. I could say that it’s not a very good idea, but sometimes, those kept ingredients help when something just pops out.

It was one fine weekend while I was running an errand. Suddenly, a recipe of a fellow blogger just popped out.

I always remember Linda @ La Petite Panière when I see any Moroccan or Algerian dishes. She’s so good at it. I also remember her whenever I see Brioche. She’s the Queen of Brioche.  There are so many recipes of her that I want to try, but you know what happens when life interferes with your blogging. (Or is it the other way around??) But as I say, one recipe at a time. 😉

I didn’t have any plan to ask her about the recipe because I wanted to surprise her. But because I’m afraid I might fail, I don’t think I have a second choice. 😀

This dish is called Batata Koucha which Batata means potatoes and Koucha means oven. The beef together with chickpeas and very simple seasoning is cooked until the water reduces. The beef comes out very soft and tender. I did not use cinnamon as I am not really a huge fan, but the beef (while cooking) smelled incredible. It’s like I’d like to skip the oven part, but that’s how the dish is cooked – cooked over the stove and later transferred to an oven-proof dish to continue the cooking. The dish came out very tasty and super delicious. ❤

Batata Koucha - The Not So Creative Cook

Batata Koucha

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 500 g of beef strips
  • 6 large potatoes, cut in wedges
  • Sliced of red bellpeppers (optional)
  • About a handful of dried chick peas, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup onion, sliced
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 L water
  • 1/4 parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot with medium heat, add oil.  Add onion, beef, salt, pepper. Cook until beef is no longer pink.
  2. Remove water from the chickpeas. Wash and drain. Add to the pot with beef.
  3. Add water. Cook for one hour or until liquid is reduced.
  4. Meanwhile, on a different skillet, add oil over medium-high heat and fry potato wedges until golden brown. Place on a stack of paper towel to drain excess oil.
  5. On a different pan/skillet, add oil over high heat.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  7. When the meat is cooked, transfer into a baking dish.
  8. Add potato wedges and bellpeppers (if using).
  9. Bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven.
  11. Drizzle with lemon and chopped parsley.

Please visit Linda’s post for the original recipe and for more drool worthy recipes. 😉

{Version & Verdicts} I just love this! The dish is so tasty I could finish off everything in a day. Linda is right, the dish is so much better the next day. I don’t think there is a right word on how I love this – it’s just super awesome. Drizzled with lemon? Beef heaven! 😀

I hope you try this dish and love it as much as Linda and I loved it. Thank you for spending your time with me. I wish everyone a fab weekend and happy partying. 😉

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I am sharing this at Fiesta Friday #73, hosted by the Amazing Angie, co-hosted by Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake and Aunt Juju @ Cooking with Aunt Juju.

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69 thoughts on “{Versions & Verdicts} Linda’s Batata Koucha

  1. This sounds delicious, I love the combination of beef and chickpeas! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again next Monday!

    1. Hello, Joy. Sorry to be just responding. Thanks for being here and I am happy to know that you liked the dish. Have a lovely week. xoxo

  2. Sounds wonderful! I have made many dishes from fellow bloggers and even adapted some for myself. Its so much fun and I too have met some lovely people this way! This dish looks wonderful and I am so glad you shared it with us as well as Linda’s blog at #FoodieFriDIY! Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. There are so many recipes we love to try. The only thing not enough is time. 😐 Thank you so much for stopping by, Michelle, and it’s my pleasure sharing this recipe. 🙂 Have a great weekend. xx

  3. It sounds very delicious! I love the combination of beef and chickpeas! I can almost taste the lovely flavours 🙂

  4. Oh my, this looks soooo delicious and with the beef and potatoes, it’s a dish I would definitely love! And I do agree that I keep thinking of fellow bloggers sometimes when you see or eat a certain dish… 🙂 Just delicious!

    1. Hello, Tina. Better late than never – thank you so much and I am really thrilled that you liked the dish. I hope you are having a good time. 🙂 Hugs!

    1. Hello, Lili. I am so sorry to be just responding. Super busy and it’s crazy to not reply your comments.
      Anyway, thank you so much and I am glad you liked the dish. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

  5. You just made my day Jhuls. The ‘batata koucha’ looks absolutely amazing and I’m delighted you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking time to visit my blog, for trying my recipe and sharing your positive review. Ramadan Mubarak ❤

  6. I think there must be about food bloggers being general list makers in life, I only just read the same sentiment from Amy at Thoroughly Nourished Life…..anyway lovely recipe with just a simple mix of spice (and I love Linda’s blog too)….

  7. I love this concept – versions and verdicts. I’ve totally made dishes thanks to my interactions with those that I’ve met at FF, and they’ve always turned out so tasty. This one is very tempting, by the way.

  8. What a great series you’ve started Jhuls, and a wonderful tribute to Linda. Yes, she does turn out some wonderful creations. I like your dish, it has everything on one plate and the colors and ingredients sound lovely.

    1. Thanks a lot, Loretta. It really makes me happy that you love the series and the dish as well. Hope you could try this. 🙂 Happy FF and wish you a fab weekend. x

  9. I was really looking forward to seeing this recipe after I saw the photo on instagram and I’m not disappointed! It looks soooo yummy, I need to try it!
    And I agree, I’m always seeing or reading things that make me thing of other bloggers, such a fun community to be in!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at Fiesta Friday Jhuls 😀

    1. I’d be terrified if I know you’re disappointed, Michelle. But I trust Linda’s recipe, so I am glad you love this, too. 🙂 Thanks for co-hosting. Have fun and happy FF! 🙂 xx

  10. My mom in law makes this dish with lamb . We should try it with beef now. The picture is very attractive and making me very hungry.

      1. Alhamdulillah. It is going very good. My husband has lot of brothers and cousins. So we all have potluck iftars every day with each family( from different corners of the city)bringing one dish to the family home for about 50 people. That makes about 10 dishes on the iftar table and lots of fun and noise . Ramadan is one time we all look forward to. Besides the spiritual benefits 30 days of family reunion is amazing MashaAllah. Please do remember to pray for me.

        1. That sounds very lovely, Ana. I am so delighted that you are enjoying with your loved ones. 🙂 I will always remember to pray for you In Shaa Allah. Pray for me, too. xx

  11. I love your ‘Versions & Verdicts’ Jhuls, great idea 🙂 and I know exactly what you mean, different ingredients and dishes often bring particular bloggers to mind..just as I know that tahini often makes people think of me!!! I like it, I like the associations we make and I think this ode to Linda is lovely xx

    1. Cauliflowers, tahini or any roasted veggies – you always come to mind, Elaine. 😀 I hope I have more time to cook or bake because I’d like to make this ‘Versions & Verdicts’ more often. Happy FF and have a lovely weekend. I am glad you liked my version. 🙂 xx

  12. You did an excellent job of recreating Linda’s recipe – your pictures sure make it look delicious. I look in my pantry and say to myself “what did I buy this for” as I forgot what I was going to make with it. Hopefully, it will come to me – this happens often. Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday Jhuls – have a great weekend 🙂

    1. I am feeling the same, Aunt Juju. I did general cleaning a week ago and I found many stuffs that I forgot why I bought it. I am really happy that you liked my version, too. Happy FF and thanks for co-hosting. Have a great weekend to you as well. 🙂 xx

  13. I love Linda and her amazing recipes, so nice of you to feature her. This one sounds really good, it’s slightly similar to a Persian dish, vaguely I guess but similar components. Beef, potato and in the Persian yellow split peas instead of chick peas. I have to try this is really does sound heavenly.

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. I haven’t heard of that Persian dish. Must find it. Please let me know if you try this – I am sure you’ll love it. Happy FF! 🙂 xx

      1. Sorry to barge in. One little tip for the thirst thing. Try yogurt with a pinch of cardamom powder during suhoor. You will not feel thirsty at all InshaaAllah.

          1. Many of my relatives and my own family vouch by this tip. My daughter just an hour back told me that she Alhamdulillah did not feel thirsty the whole day. Unfortunately I dont eat yogurt at all thats why can’t relate my own experience. No harm in trying ☺A cup of yogurt with a light sprinkling of cardamom powder 👍

  14. I definitely agree that eventually the people/blog’s we read on a regular basis become in essence virtual friends. This dish looks delicious as well. The flavors are fresh, and I love that it’s a beef dish. We don’t cook with beef too often in our house, despite the fact that we all enjoy it. Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend!

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