With origins in Tunisia and widely popular in the Middle East, Shakshuka is a one-pan/skillet egg recipe that can never go wrong for lunch or dinner. In this dish, Eggs are delicately poached in a generous spread of tomatoes, herbs and spices. This is a wholesome meal that you can have any time of the day. Here we share a Shakshuka recipe that you can make with simple ingredients from your kitchen.
Shakshuka: A Middle Eastern Twist to the Humble Egg
Take a large non-stick pan. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in it. Then add the chopped onions, green bell peppers, garlic, cumin powder, ground coriander, sweet paprika and red pepper flakes. Sauté well. Then add salt and pepper. Let the ingredients cook until the vegetables turn soft.
Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce. Cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Then, uncover the pan and let it cook for a bit longer to thicken the gravy. You can mash the tomatoes lightly.
Once the tomatoes are cooked, make 6 indentations into the pan. Make sure they are equal. Into this open space in the pan, crack the 6 eggs. Then reduce the heat, cover the pan and cook on low flame until the egg whites are set.
Uncover the pan, add freshly chopped parsley and mint leaves. You can also add more salt and red pepper on the eggs. Serve warm.
If required, you can make the tomato base beforehand. Follow step 1 and 2 and prepare the tomato base. Let it cool completely. Transfer it to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. The next day, warm up the base and then add the eggs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I store the leftover Shakshuka?
Yes. You can refrigerate and store the leftover Shakshuka for a day or two in a tight lid glass container.
Can I add meat to the recipe?
Yes. You can add meat to this recipe. However, make sure you add ground meat, seasoned with salt and pepper and cooked in olive oil. Remove the meat from the pan and then start preparing the Shakshuka. Add the meat to the recipe with the tomatoes and let it cook for 15 minutes. Then add the eggs.