Shakshuka is a traditional Jewish dish, which is perfect for breakfast or lunch or even dinner. You can make it as a light dish for breakfast just with tomato sauce and eggs as well as serve it with nice piece of bread, or you can make it as complete lunch or dinner dish adding some beans or even cheese in the sauce. But I will stick to traditional variation, which I prefer most of others.
Shakshuka is simple dish in cooking, the main trick is to place egg in the pot with sauce proper way to get perfect poached egg.
COURSE: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINE: Ovo-Vegeterian, Gluten-Free
PREP TIME: 10 min
COOKING TIME: 30 min
COURSE CALORIES/per serving: 350 kcal (18g protein, 26g carbs, 19g fats)
COOKING PROCESS INGREDIENTS/per 2 servings
Onion – 1 medium
Red paprika – 1 medium
Canned diced tomatoes – 400ml
Tomato paste – 2 tbsp
Eggs – 4
Garlic – 1-2 cloves
Cumin – 1 tsp
Chili pepper powder – 1 tsp
Cayenne salt – 1 tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
Cilantro fresh – for decoration
Black pepper and salt to taste
- Start with the sauce. Cut onions, paprika and garlic into small pieces. Put cut onions in a pan together with frying oil. Cook it until golden about 5-7 min. Add paprika and garlic and cook all together another 3-5 min. Then add diced tomatoes from can with all juice and put 2 tablespoons of tomato paste in the sauce, add all spices and bring to boil. Stew for 10 min. Sauce is ready. *Separate the sauce in two pans if you wish to serve each portion in private pan.
- Make a hole with a spoon closer to the pan edge the way so we could place the rest of eggs a long the edge of the pan without touching one another. Place an egg in the hole and help with the spoon to place it deeper if you see that it comes over the sauce. Repeat with the rest of eggs. Cover with a lid and cook on low fire about 10 min to have soft yolk. Check the egg readiness from time to time to reach desirable condition.
- Serve with cilantro leaves and with piece of bread or cracker as an option.
Shakshuka is also valuable in terms of nutrients. Due to eggs it is a great source of protein, all nine essential amino acids and choline (which helps liver function, decreases inflammation, good for brain, as well as physical and mental performance). What’s more, the tomatoes in shakshuka are a good source of vitamins A, C, K, folate, and potassium, and have been linked to a reduced risk of several cancers, including throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, prostate, and ovarian cancer. Cumin is a good source of energy, vitamin A, C, E & B6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and minerals like iron, copper, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium. Cumin is very dense in iron, providing almost 20% of your daily iron in one teaspoon.