Shakshuka – Poached eggs in Tomato sauce

IMG_4463A tongue twister of sorts , Shakshuka is easier to make than to say 🙂 Red juicy tomatoes and sweet onion and gooey eggs nestled in the centre of the pan. The mere description can make me salivate. It’s a power combo , and a fantastic breakfast idea and what more , it’s a one pan dish that you can so beautifully present at the table and make your morning look heavenly and rustic. If you’d like some bread to go along with it , make sure you mop every bit of that tangy sweet tomato sauce 🙂

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Ingredients
  • 5 Large tomatoes diced fine.
  • 100 ml tomato puree or blend 2 tomatoes with 50 ml water.
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 big Onion – sliced
  • 4 Garlic cloves – chopped
  • 1 Bell pepper– roughly diced
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • a pinch of Oregano / Thyme
  • Salt
  • Pepper ( Optional )
  • Coriander for garnish

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Procedure:
  1. In a medium frying pan, add the olive oil and fry the onion and garlic. Fry them until they are cooked.
  2. Add in the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Mix the Tomato puree and let it simmer for 30 secs.
  3. Add in the rest of ingredients, and cook for 10 minutes on a low flame. If it is dry and stick to pan, pour in some water and mix well.
  4. Once the tomato sauce is cooked make 4 gaps in mixture and crack in the egg, one at a time. Cover the pan and cook on low flame for 5 minutes. Cook the eggs to your required consistency. Traditionally the dish needs to have the yellow runny and gooey , so it’s clearly your choice on how you would like your eggs to be cooked.
  5. Garnish with coriander & serve.

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Notes:

1 ) Shakshuka is supposed to be dry, not watery liquid. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

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4 responses to “Shakshuka – Poached eggs in Tomato sauce

  1. Looks so tasty! I love shakshuka and no wonder, as I grew up on it… However, our version had more sauce, so you could dunk a piece of bread in the sauce and egg yolk. Either way, the combination of eggs and tomatoes always works 🙂

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