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How to make Shakshuka/Menemen?

Shakshuka/ Menemen, a dish very popular in Turkey, North Africa and Middle East, is one of the easiest meal to prepare, takes about 35-40 mins from start to finish. It consist of easy pantry ingredients such as eggs, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper etc., and you can add or remove some ingredients according to your taste. You can have it either for breakfast, lunch or dinner. One thins to remember is that it’s not a stand alone dish therefore, you might need bread or crackers to go along with it. Scroll down if you want to try this absolutely amazing dish for yourself.

Ingredients required for Shakshuka

1. 400g crushed tomatoes
2. 1 big capsicum sliced
3. 2 medium onions sliced
4. 2-3 Red chilies
5. 200ml Yoghurt
6. 4 eggs
7. 2 Tbs sugar
8. 2 Tbs oil
9. Salt to taste
10. 2-4 cloves of garlic, crushed
11. Chopped parsley or coriander (optional mint)
12. Optional Spices to taste (paprika, black pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric)
13. Pita bread/naan/sourdough bread/crackers

1. Heat the oil in stainless steel pan or a cast iron skillet
2. Sauté the onions, capsicum and chilies until they become soft
3. Add 400g of crushed tomatoes along with 2tbs of sugar while mixing. You can also add optional spices of your choice. Let it cook until the water starts to evaporate and the sauce becomes thick enough
4. Then with the help of a spatula create 4 pockets (holes) and break the eggs into each pockets
5. Cover the pan and let it cook at low heat for about 5 mins. While waiting for the eggs too cook, prepare the yoghurt. In a bowl take 5-6 tbs of yoghurt and add some pressed/crushed garlic, some seasoning of your choice and beat it until you get a creamy mix
6. Check if the eggs are done enough (I.e., the whites have set but the yolk should still be runny)
7. Take it off the heat and sprinkle some chopped parsley or coriander on top
8. Serve it with bread and yoghurt. Enjoy!

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