Tomato Achaar Shakshuka

Tomato Achaar Shakshuka

Lately, I’ve been developing recipes using my tomato achaar over at Brooklyn Delhi.  Ben and I are also designing some recipe cards to give to our customers, which I’m really excited about.

I thought I’d share one of our favorite recipes with you. It’s for tomato achaar shakshuka. I first had shakshuka, eggs cooked in spicy tomato sauce, in Egypt when I was visiting a friend in Cairo years back. Since then, I have remembered it fondly and reinvented it in my own kitchen in several ways.  What makes this recipe so easy is that by using tomato achaar in this recipe, you don’t really have to add that much else to flavor the sauce because it already has a lot of the spices – turmeric, red chili powder, fenugreek seeds, etc.

For those unfamiliar, ‘achaar’ in Hindi means pickled fruit or vegetable so that is why sometimes it is referred to as ‘Indian Pickle.’  In Kannada, my mom’s language it’s called ‘uppinakayi’.  The fruits and vegetables are preserved with salt, oil and spices, which result in a delicious condiment that has a spicy, sour, sweet and savory kick – I like to think of it kind of like a flavor bomb for food. It instantly makes a dish pop!

It’s a perfect match for shakshuka, which is visually vibrant with the color of the yolks, tomatoes and parsley. I also like mine with a bit of feta crumbled on top. Traditionally, it’s served at breakfast time in the Middle East, but I think shakshuka is fit for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It goes best with a crusty piece of bread, but on this day, I had it with a few warm tortillas.  Enjoy!

And if you want to get more recipes using our tomato achaar, I’ve posted some here.



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  • Dixya Bhattarai RD

    love shakshuka and had it for dnner yesterday..using achar is a great idea :)

    • ChitraAgrawal

      Glad you like Dixya! Yes I love this dish for any meal:)

  • Nidhi S

    A very good and tasty kind of recipe. Thanks for it. Hot and spicy of this recipe will be very good to the taste buds and it will be a treat to the tongue.
    I will just try out the recipe. I have ordered all the ingredients and I will try and give the reviews soon in the later week.