Shakshouka Recipe – Poached Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Shakshouka Recipe – Poached Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce




5 min


25 min

Shakshouka is a Tunisian and Israeli dish very famous in the middle east, consisting of poached eggs in spicy tomato sauce with onions, peppers and spices. Its very similar to the Latin American breakfast dish ‘Huevos Rancheros’ As the recipe consists of eggs it’s meant to be a breakfast food, but it’s popular even as a dinner dish. I think it can be eaten anytime because it’s just so good, and it’s easy to make.

It has gained so much popularity that it even in direct competition with hummus and pita bread especially during the winters.

This dish is served with a side of bread so as to soak the sauce. You can even have it with roti, chapati or pita bread.

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Ingredients for Shakshouka

Eggs 5
Bell Pepper (Any color), diced 1 ½ or 1 cup
Tomatoes, diced 4 (large) or 1-2 cup
Onions, diced 1 ½ or 1 cup
Mushrooms, sliced(optional) 1 cup
Garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder 1 tbsp
Turmeric (haldi) ½ tsp
Cumin powder (Jeera) 1 tsp
Black Pepper ( Kali Mirch) 1 tsp
Mixed Herbs 1 tsp
Chilli Flakes 1 tsp
Olive oil 2 tbsp

Ingredients for the Garnishing

Cheese ( Preferably Feta) 1 tsp
Cilantro (dhania) 1 tsp


  1. Dice the tomatoes, onions, bell pepper and garlic. Slice the mushrooms and keep aside.


  1. In a thick bottom pan add olive oil and turn on the flame.
  2. Once the oil is hot add the onions, and saute them till they start changing color.
  3. Add the garlic and saute briefly. Then add the bell pepper. Cook till the onions are fully cooked and the bell pepper are halfway cooked.
  4. Add the mushrooms and cook til the time the bell pepper are fully cooked.
  5. Add the tomatoes. Add salt as per your taste. Add half a cup of water and simmer on low flame for 15-20 minutes. Stirring the vegetable at intervals of 5-6 minutes.
  6. Now a add the cumin powder, turmeric , red chilli powder, black pepper, chili flakes and the mixed herbs. And cook for a minute. Taste and make sure if you need any more spices.
  7. Make a well or crater in the sauce. Break the eggs in a bowl and pour it in the crater.
  8. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the eggs. Cover and cook till the time the eggs are cooked to your liking.
  9. Garnish with cheese and cilantro leaves.
  10. Serve while hot in a bowl with a piece of bread.


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