Best Vegan Shakshuka
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A 30-minute vegan shakshuka, a Middle-Eastern brunch classic consisting of soft baked chickpea eggs in a tangy red pepper and tomato sauce! Perfect when scooped with fresh baguette.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4 people
Tomato Base
  • 3 small or 2 large tomatoes, diced (or 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes)
  • 1 small red pepper, finely diced
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • ¼-1/2 cup water
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1½ tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Chopped parsley or cilantro, for garnish
Chickpea Batter
  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Whisk dry ingredients for chickpea batter in a large bowl. Whisk in almond milk and vinegar, and mix thoroughly until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Sauté onion, garlic, and red pepper in olive oil in a large oven-proof saucepan over medium-high heat (cast-iron skillet works best).* Add cumin. After onions are soft and translucent, about 5 mins, add paprika, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Add salt and pepper. If the mixture gets too thick and sticky, add ¼-1/2 cup water slowly, until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Make about 6-8 small wells in the sauce, and divide big dollops of chickpea batter among them. Let cook for 3-5 mins. As the bottom of the batter dollops start to get cooked during this time, you may stir them slightly with a wooden spoon so that they can get cooked more evenly. Cover the pan and let cook for 5-8 more mins, so that the batter will get cooked through.
  4. When you see the top of the chickpea batter slightly hardened and not completely liquid anymore, remove the pan from heat. Optionally drizzle over the chickpea batter with 1 tbsp olive oil and place the pan in the preheated oven. Cook for 8-10 mins, until the top is slightly browned.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve immediately, alongside fresh baguette or pita bread!
*Alternatively, sauté the veggies in 2-4 tbsp of water, until the onions are translucent and peppers are softened. Add more water 1-2 tbsp at a time if needed, as the pan gets dry.
Recipe by Zen and Zaatar at