Tunesian Qalat Daqqa

Tunesian Qalat Daqqa

Qalat Daqqa is a Tunisian five-spice blend. Our version adds exotic rosebuds. The most significant part of Qalat Daqqa is a rare spice from West Africa ‘grains of paradise’, also known as malagueta or Guinea pepper. This seasoning staple is versatile and great on meat or vegetables for grilling or in hearty soups and stews.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Tunisian
Servings 3



  • 1 lb ground meat beef or lamb
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans from a can


  • 2 large tomatoes quartered
  • 8 oz baby carrots or pumpkin cut into 1-inch cubes

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • salt
  • 3 cups couscous plain

Qalat Daqqa Culinary Spice Kit

  • Black pepper, nutmeg, cloves, grains of paradise, cinnamon, rosebuds


  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry onions until translucent.
  • Add meat and stir-fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of water, garbanzo beans, vegetables, Qalat Daqqa spices and salt to taste.
  • Mix well. Cover.
  • Cook over low heat for 30 minutes.
  • Occasionally, stir and check for water.
  • Prepare couscous according to package instructions.
  • Serve stew over couscous
  • Optionally, serve with mint tea.
  • Enjoy!


Substitute ground meat with stew meat, and cook for about 2 hours.
Substitute ground meat with chicken, cut into 1-inch cubes.
Substitute meat with zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and/or eggplant.
Substitute couscous with orzo pasta, buckwheat, bulgur, pearl couscous, or quinoa.