Friday, 8 July 2011

Shakshuka Recipe

the sea at Andaman Islands
Last October we went to the picturesque Andaman Islands and we stayed at Havlock Island for a few days while there. Apart from Indian tourists this place hosts lots of foreign tourists,mostly Israelis, and one day our parents asked for the most famous breakfast item among the Israelis. This is where I first heard of the dish Shakshuka. My mother liked it so much that she had it every morning we stayed there while I would gobble down either choco chip pancakes, everyday! I recently got my hands on the recipe and added a few items of my own choice to it as I grew confident enough to cook it properly.
Shakshuka is a dish of Tunisian origin and means "the mixture" and is quite popular among Israelis, Morooccans. It is mainly eggs poached in a tomato sauce and is a breakfast dish and you can have it just as it is or with bread.
Best things about eggs is that they are so versatile and you can cook it in so many delicious ways.
This is a very easy and delicious dish.

  • Olive oil
  • jalapenos
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 big tomato(with the juice)
  • chopped garlic
  • cumin powder
  • red chili flakes/powder
  • 2 eggs
  • water
  • salt
  • slices of flavoured sausages (I used cheese and jalapeno sausages)
  • cheese for topping
 This recipe is for 1-2 people
Heat 1 table spoon of olive oil. Add the chopped onion and cook till transparent. Add the chopped jalapenos(according to how spicy you want). Cook for 3 mins and add the garlic,red chili flakes/powder,cumin powder and cook for 3-4 more mins. Then add the chopped tomatoes and boil it. Add salt and water and reduce it so that it doesn't dry out totally. Now add the slices of sausages in a circle. (you can add pieces of bacon if you like). Now crack the eggs on top of this carefully so that the yolks don't break. Mash the white part with the tomatoes (not to heavily,just press it down with a fork). As soon as the eggs start setting in cover this up for 2 mins or till the eggs are done.
Serve hot with cheese and bread of your choice.

here's a shot of Calcutta from up in the air
This is the link to the main recipe I got from smitten kitchen - link

Have a great day! :D

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