You are here: Home » Recipes » Shakshuka Shakshuka Recipe by Our Cookbook Collection Yield 4 servings Shakshuka is a North African dish with many variations. Some add preserved lemon, others feta and different herbs and spices. Chronicle Books PrintEmail Cook and serve it in individual pans, if you have them, or in one very large one. Chunky white bread on the side is a must. Ingredients 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds3/4 cup light olive oil or vegetable oil2 large onions, sliced2 red bell peppers, cut into 3/4-inch strips2 yellow bell peppers, cut into 3/4-inch strips4 teaspoons muscovado sugar2 bay leaves6 thyme sprigs, leaved picked and chopped2 tablespoons chopped parsley2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus extra to garnish6 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped1/2 teaspoon saffron threads1 pinch cayenne pepper Salt and black pepper8 eggs Instructions In a very large pan dry-roast the cumin seeds on high heat for 2 minutes. Add the oil and onions and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the peppers, sugar and herbs and continue cooking on high heat for 5 to 10 minutes to get a nice color. Add the tomatoes, saffron, cayenne and some salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. During the cooking, keep adding water so that the mix has a pasta sauce consistency. Taste and adjust the seasoning. It should be potent and flavorful. (You can prepare this mix well in advance.) Remove the bay leaves, then divide the pepper mix among four deep frying pans, each large enough to take a generous individual portion. Place them on medium heat to warm up, then make two gaps in the pepper mix in each pan and carefully break an egg into each gap. Sprinkle with salt and cover the pans with lids. Cook on a very gentle heat for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the eggs are just set. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve. Reprinted with permission from Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi (Chronicle Books, 2011).