Dish of the Week, 18th December 2018 – Egg Shakshouka by Chef Lalit Goyal

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

It’s time for our Dish of the Week column and we have an eggetarian’s dream with this Egg Shakshouka courtesy of Chef Lalit Goyal!

What is Egg Shakshouka you ask? “Egg Shakshouka is basically eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, some chilli peppers (optional), onions, and garlic. A healthy and delicious option for egg lovers and can be served as snacks and main course. It can be served with bread of choice,” explained Chef Lalit.

This is a dish which holds a special place in Chef Lalit’s heart. He said, “It reminds me of the time when I was eggetarian and I used to try out different egg dishes for my wife and myself. My wife Charu has strong taste buds that helped me to refine the dish over a period.”

Chef Lalit also told us what makes this dish one of his favourites. He said, “As a Chef, yes, this is my favourite dish because each serving makes me happy and I spend more and more time to make it yummy and healthy. Charu does the tasting and constantly provides feedback.”

We also asked Chef Lalit how he learned to make this dish and he replied, “I constantly browse the internet in search of unique dishes all over the world. It was then that I came to know about an egg dish famous in the Middle East. I prepared this very next day, but the taste was not up to the mark. So, we have listed down the gaps and created our own flavour for the dish. And what followed was a lip-smacking Egg Shakshouka. The taste was further enhanced over the period after getting more feedback.”

Chef Lalit was also generous enough to share a full recipe with us and here it is:

Ingredients for 2 servings

-> 3 teaspoons olive oil

-> 3 medium to large Tomatoes, roughly chopped

-> 1 medium to large onion, finely chopped

-> 4-5 garlic cloves, minced

-> 1 green bell pepper (In addition red bell pepper can also be used)

-> 1/2 green chilli, minced (Optional)

-> 1 teaspoon paprika, or to taste

-> 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder

-> 3/4 teaspoon salt (or as per taste)

-> 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

-> Oregano (optional; for garnishing)

-> Crushed black pepper (optional; for garnishing)

-> Fresh coriander leaves (for garnishing)

The Preparation

-> Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat  

-> Stir the onion, garlic, green chilli and bell pepper; cook for 5 minutes until the onion has softened and turned translucent.   

-> Add the diced tomatoes. Making diced tomatoes (use fully ripped and sweet tomatoes, not the sour ones) is a process of removing tomato skin and soften the tomatoes.

-> Add salt, red chilli powder, cumin powder. Simmer and cover for about 20 minutes.  

-> Check for the tomato sauce consistency

-> Add Paprika; stir and cover the pan for 5 mins  

-> Crack an egg in a small bowl, then gently slip the egg into the tomato sauce. Repeat with the remaining eggs.   

-> Sprinkle salt on egg yolks (Optional).

-> Cover the lid for around 4 minutes in low to medium flame.

-> Wait until the yolks and whites get firm. Avoid hardening.

-> Garnish with oregano, crushed black pepper, and coriander leaves.

-> Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and plate it.

-> Serve with choice of bread.

And Chef Lalit also told us what are the major challenges associated with this dish. He said, “There are certain challenges. A perfect tomato sauce is the heart of the dish. Making that is time-consuming and is quite a process. Next is to poach the eggs properly in the sauce.”

We asked Chef Lalit what other dishes he was looking forward to making famous on FoodyBuddy and he replied, ” I am a tomato lover. So, I try out different dishes with the combination of tomatoes. One of my recent preparation is “Egg Stuffed Tomatoes” which is perfect for evening snacks. In addition, I am introducing a range of fresh and pure juices. Will keep you updated on my new inventions on healthy juices!”

That sounds awesome, Chef Lalit, we are looking forward to it 🙂

Finally, Chef Lalit had this to say in closing, “I would like to thank Foodybuddy for this amazing concept. Sometime back, my wife introduced the app to me when she was out of town. I found it helpful to get homely food from the best buddies in my apartment. Then I thought of trying out my skills on cooking, and people loved it. Today, I have a lot of friends in my apartment just because of Foodybuddy.”

Thank you so much for your kind words, Chef Lalit, and we really appreciate your dedication to providing delicious food on our platform 🙂

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