Middle-eastern Eggs

Font Size:

This delicious middle eastern breakfast, known as Shakshuka, features a kick of hot spice, the soft sweetness of tomato sauce and a real egginess which is difficult to beat.

Ingredients (serves 3-4)

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 80ml olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli pepper, stemmed, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 red sweet pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons muscovado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 medium eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Soft white bread, to sop

Heat a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds and dry-fry for two minutes. Add the olive oil and allow it to heat up, then add the onion and green chilli and cook for around two minutes.

Now throw in the red pepper, sugar, thyme and all but one tablespoon each of the coriander and parsley, and cook on a medium-low heat for a further five minutes. Add the tomatoes and the cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper, then turn the heat down. Leave alone for 15 minutes, but keep checking the sauce – if it’s getting dry, add a little water.

Now break the eggs into the mix so they are more or less evenly spaced. Cover the pan and leave gently cooking for five minutes, or until the white has cooked but the yolk still has a bit of run to it.

Sprinkle on the rest of the parsley and coriander, and serve with some bread close to hand.

The Breakfast Bible by Seb Emina and Malcolm Eggs
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing Australia, RRP $49.99

Join YourLifeChoices today
and get this free eBook!

By joining YourLifeChoices you consent that you have read and agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy


Total Comments: 2
  1. 0

    Love this dish, my mum used to make it.

  2. 0

    The Italian version is very good if not into spices. Just garlic,onion and tomatoes.



continue reading

Health news

Doctors call for convicted child killer Kathleen Folbigg's release

A group of 90 expert scientists and doctors is calling for convicted child killer Kathleen Folbigg to be pardoned in...


Adorable celebrity pets

Just like the rest of us, Hollywood's A-listers are pretty obsessed with their pets, especially when it comes to sharing...

Health news

Who needs a colonoscopy most? Ensuring those at risk head the queue

Professor Jon Emery Mary was 55 when she started having on and off tummy pains, and noticed she needed to...

Health & Ageing

What stress does to your skin, hair and nails

Stress can be an all-consuming beast. Not only does it overwhelm your brain, but it can have a physical impact,...


Multi-generational family living grows, forcing design changes

The trend towards multi-generational living, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, is producing fresh approaches to Australian housing. Urban designer Craig...

Seniors Finance

Your retirement 'pay cheque'

Nothing beats the reassurance of knowing there's money coming in each month. Then retirement happens and, suddenly, it's up to...

Health news

Scientists closer to developing a vaccine for urinary tract infections

Anyone who has ever developed a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows that it can be painful, pesky and persistent, but...


Alarming spike in elder abuse during pandemic

A frightening rise in elder abuse during the pandemic is being reported across Australia. And some of the perpetrators are...