Shakshouka is believed to have a Tunisian origin and it means “a mixture” in Tunisian Arabic; it is a staple of Tunisian, Libyan, Algerian, Moroccan, and Egyptian cuisines. It was introduced in Israel in the 1950s and it became popular globally! There are multiple variants in the Mexican, Spanish and Turkish cuisines…This is a mighty delicious, wholesome, nutritious and colourful dish and is best eaten with Bread. Do give it a shot folks…
We had Shakshouka for the first time 2 weekends back at a cafe here in Kuwait and both of us felt the one I cooked was much better than that version! BIG THANKS to Pratichi Dixit Sadangi of Eatlo and Sikandalous Cuisine for her fabulous & simple recipe. This can be a perfect dish for Breakfast and for those days when you don’t feel like making a full-blown lunch!
I changed only some bits in Pratichi’s recipe; included Green Chillies, Butter and Feta Cheese to enhance the flavours…
Eggs – 4
Capsicum – 1 big, finely chopped
Onion – 1 big, finely chopped
Garlic – 6 cloves, finely chopped or minced
Tomatoes – 2, finely chopped
Tomato Puree – Of 1 tomato
Cumin powder- 3 tsp
Feta Cheese: 3-4 small chunks
Salt as per taste
Sugar 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder – 2 tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
Butter – 1 tbsp
1. Heat oil & butter in a pan. Add the chopped onions, garlic, capsicum and cook them until soft for 10 mins on a medium heat.
2. When they are soft & cooked, add chopped tomatoes and the tomato puree. Mix well and add the cumin powder, salt, pepper, chilly powder and the sugar. Cook until the tomatoes become mushy and very soft, about 12-15 mins. Add 1-2 tbsp of water if gets too dry but don’t make it watery, it has to be a very thick sauce.
3. Once done, sprinkle chopped coriander and feta cheese chunks on the sauce.
4. Now crack the eggs one by one on top, ensure that the yolks don’t break!
5. Now cover the pan and let it cook for on a medium heat. Cook according to how you like your eggs to be. If you want them runny, 5 mins is fine, if you want fully cooked eggs, 10 mins is fine.
6. Sprinkle some more coriander and serve.
7. Enjoy with slices of bread of your choice.
So till the time we meet again…
Cheers to life…
Till then ride safe and have safe sex…
Hasta la Victoria Siempre…