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Shakshuka- Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce


Shakshuka, poached eggs in cooked tomatoes is a popular Middle Eastern dish…

This is a staple dish served for breakfast in many Middle Eastern countries, and also in North Africa. It’s cooked in a cast iron skillet and served in it as well. It’s a complete meal: onions, red pepper and tomatoes are cooked well, seasoned with paprika and ground cumin- these will impart a nice smokey flavour. Eggs are cracked into the sauce and are poached to perfection. Makes a perfect breakfast along with toast.

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Shakshuka- Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Olive Oil- 3 tbsp
  • Yellow or White Onion, chopped- 1
  • Garlic chopped- 2 cloves
  • Red pepper, chopped small- 1
  • Tomatoes, chopped- 4 (or use 1 large can diced tomatoes)
  • Ground cumin- 1½ tsp
  • Paprika- 1 tbsp
  • Ground pepper- ½ tsp (or use cayenne- ¼ to ½ tsp or chili powder- ¾ tsp)
  • Salt- to taste
  • Cilantro or Parsley, chopped- 2 handfuls
  • Eggs- 2 to 4
  1. Cook this in a cast iron skillet so that you can serve in that. Or cook in a non-stick pan.
  2. Place the cast iron pan over medium heat, let turn hot.
  3. Add olive oil.
  4. Add onion, season with salt and saute till translucent.
  5. Add garlic, saute for a few minutes.
  6. Add red pepper, saute till onion and pepper have slightly browned.
  7. Add paprika, ground cumin, ground pepper and salt. Combine well and saute for a few seconds.
  8. Add tomatoes, combine well and cook covered till mashed well.
  9. Add ¼ cup water and cook for 2 minutes.
  10. Add cilantro or parsley, combine well.
  11. Using a spoon make a well- crack an egg into it. Based on the size of your pan, you can crack 4 to 5 eggs.
  12. Spoon some sauce over the egg whites, yolk should be visible.
  13. Cover and cook for 10 minutes till egg white has almost set, yolk shouldn't harden- it should be slightly runny.
  14. Garnish the poached eggs with cilantro and ground pepper.
  15. Serve with toasted bread.




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