Easy Shakshuka recipe – Turkish aubergine (eggplant) with an Asian twist
So I recently sampled a Turkish delicacy – shakshuka – which is essentially a slow cooked tomato-y aubergine (or eggplant) dish. It has a great, rich flavor and is perfect accompanied with bread.
Of course, I had to give it my own Asian twist, as the authentic shakshuka is a little sweet for my liking. However, if you’re not as Desi as me, you can omit the curry powder.
Oh, and I cut a few corners. The original recipe requires you to fry off the aubergines first. I didn’t fancy that, as the extra cooking time – not to mention the excessive oil – put me off. So I threw the veg straight in and it seemed fine.
There are of course ‘real’ shakshuka recipes out there, but if you want a delicious cheat version, I’m your girl.
Easy Shakshuka Recipe – Turkish Aubergine, with my Asian Twist
2 large aubergines (eggplants), cut into 1inch cubes
1 green bell pepper, chopped into 1inch cubes
1 red bell pepper, chopped into 1inch cubes
1 medium onion, diced finely
1 courgette (zucchini)
3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
100ml tomato passata
1 tsp salt, more or less to taste
¼ tsp black pepper, more or less to taste
½ tsp curry powder
2 tbsp tomato paste
Squeeze of lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
In a colander, add the aubergine chunks and sprinkle with salt.
Set aside for around 15 minutes, this will allow the aubergine to drain and
lose some of its bitterness.
In a saucepan, add the onions to some olive oil and allow to
sautee. Throw in the garlic so it can brown.
Sprinkle in some salt and pepper.
This is where it gets a bit Asian… add in the curry powder (totally optional but I do like the kick).
Add in the aubergine, peppers and courgettes and stir.
Pour in the pasatta.
Squeeze in the lemon juice.
Stir and let simmer over a low heat with the pan covered.
Continue to cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until the shakshuka
And that is that. Use as a dip, a side dish or a main meal if
you’re going veggie.
Shakshuka – Turkish aubergine with an Asian twist – done!
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