Shakshuka, this name may sound unfamiliar to you but it is synonymous with breakfast in Israel and it totally deserves it. I believe this is the breakfast which can make your whole day work. It is a happy breakfast, which reminds you of a lazy day,a vacation and all good things. It is nothing but eggs cooked in mildly spiced tomato sauce and topped with some cheese may be. When i first read about it, it sounded so Indian and very much what i have been making all my life, presentation was little different may be, if only that matters.
Because i love eggs so much ( i can eat eggs in any meal, any day) i try all egg recipes; like this one (baked eggs with salami and spinach), which again is must try…Ohh i am gonna make it this weekend. I specially love eggs in breakfast, sometimes just plain simple half fry and some times it’s Shakshuka. So basically I had to try this recipe. As i said i have been making some what same thing so there might be some personalization here. I, however believe that you can never go wrong with eggs, so go ahead, feel free to add/delete what you like and make your own Shakshuka.
Start with cumin seeds (we use cumin seeds in almost everything) then add onions and then tomatoes. I have used fresh tomatoes as i always do, you can very well use canned ones. Add salt, little bit of sugar and paprika powder at this point. Adding sugar really brings out the taste in tomatoes. Try it more often. You can also add sliced peppers and avoid paprika powder if you do not like spicy.
I added some mashed paneer (Indian cottage cheese) as well in tomatoes. Paneer makes this dish rich and creamy. You can see here how to make paneer at home. You can add cheese of your choice or avoid it all together. When cooked, crack eggs and cover the lid. Very carefully monitor it now, as that will decide how eggs will be and how you like them; solid or runny.
When done, take this pretty deliciousness on crunchy toast and relish each bite of perfectly cooked eggs with tangy and sweetish tomato sauce. With a cup of tea, this is the breakfast you were long waiting for. Trust me.
Since I’ve moved to Mumbai, I am striving desperately for reasons to like it and feel at home here; well the city is taking it’s time to return the love. That shouldn’t be a surprise though. Many like me, come with aspirations of thousand colours in this humid promising city of billion shades. It gives, gives to everyone but one at a time. It gives little to some, a lot to few. Some get just enough to pack and live out of plastic bags; eat, breed and die under the shade of fly over, by the busy road; Some ride finest of the cars, size of some of the living spaces, on the same road cursing the increasing pot holes and filth under the shade of fly over..This city takes time to love you back. Continue reading →
Our brain is a strange starnge machines and curious are the ways it works in.It’s difficult to understand the innumerable nodes and connections inside this little apricot part and even so mind boggling are the connections it makes with everything outside. I wonder how the smell of brewing tea makes me smile all the time or setting sun arises a perplexing sinking feeling or Gajar ka Halwa reminds of cold snug evenings back home..yes it’s overwhelming to understand the connection our brain and body makes. Continue reading →
It was Holi, yes that time of the year when winter meekingly backs off and days become pleasantly hotter. This is the time when local markets prepare to sell colours of thousand shades. New bride can hardly contain excitement as they she is going home to celebrate her first holi post wedding and back home, her sister eagerly waits to welcome brother in law armed with buckets full of colours. Adults on the other hand are excited as this is the only festival, so i guess, when they drink freely and feast like kids. Basically this festival brings out young and vibrant spirits and colours everyone happy. Continue reading →
Husband loves everything spicy and green chili pickle even more. So we try different brands of green chili pickles that super markets have to offer. Some we like and some utterly disgusting; overloaded with preservatives, salt and oil. Continue reading →
If you are a fan of Biryanis or good food for that matter, Mughali Dum Biryani is a jackpot for you. In India there are regions known for there own preparations of Biryanis. From hyerabadi biryani, mumbai biryani to Ambur Biryani, each is unique in its own way. The thing that differentiates Mughlai Biryani from others is that, this one is mildly spiced compared to hyderabadi biryani but exotic fragrant. Continue reading →
Back then when tv channels were limited but time was ample, stress was alien word, families were bigger and worries were few, when there were enough leaves and visit to grandparents and cousins was a thing. Remember that time? Those days sit fondly in the good memory stack of mind. Continue reading →
I hate wasting food and thus my fridge is the dumping ground for all the leftover food. I also hate monotony, same food again..my greedy mind refuse to accept that and comes up with ideas to do something interesting with the leftovers.
So today when I browsed my fridge, leftover chicken curry from previous night was staring at me, so i had to do something with that. I usually toss it in rice and make quick chicken pulao which is yumm but why not one step further and make even better looking, aromatic, delectable and everyone’s favourite Biryani. Trust me this leftover chicken Biryani is so good that nobody will know your shortcut. So next time when you have leftover chicken you know what to do. Continue reading →
You need to stop, if you are still buying yogurt/curd/dahi because making it at home is way simpler than going to store and buying a pack. With no effort what so ever (as the good guy bacteria does all the work for you) you get thick , creamy, fresh and homemade yogurt. Before i go into details, let me just clarify, if you live in India, I am sure you would have definitely wondered at some point: Continue reading →