Easter Recipe: Sunshine-Yellow Shakshuka

Spice up your Easter with this sunshine-yellow ‘shakshuka’ recipe. It’s not actually shakshuka, but it’s a lot like the real thing—it’s a one-pan dish with eggs simmered in a stew of veggies, herbs and spices. And just like the traditional dish, it’s perfect for sharing with the whole table. Just scoop it up with some flatbread or naan! Flavourful and festive, this not-actually-shakshuka recipe will bring instant joy to your Easter brunch.

 

 

Ingredients for 4-6 persons

  • 3 tbsp neutral olive oil, ghee or coconut oil for frying
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 3 laurel leaves
  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic bulbs, finely chopped
  • 300g yellow mung beans, split *let soak for at least 30 minutes*
  • 200g red lentils
  • 1 tsp ground paprika powder
  • 1,5 tsp ground coriander powder
  • 2 tsp dried chili flakes
  • ½ tsp ground curcuma
  • 2 tsp sea salt (or according to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 600ml water
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 200g butternut squash, chopped into small ½ cm cubes
  • 2 big handfuls of (baby) spinach
  • 6 organic eggs

 

For garnishing

  • Parsley-lemon pistou
  • Greek yoghurt, 1 large tbsp per person (or according to taste)
  • Optionally: fresh leaf parsley and/or coriander

 

Sides

Serve with naan bread or flatbread

 

 

Preparation shakshuka

1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat and add the mustard seeds. Wait for the mustard seeds to start popping and then add the fenugreek seeds and the laurel leaves. Stir well.

2. Add the onion to the pan, and fry until golden brown and softened. Add the garlic after 5 minutes or so and let fry for another 2 minutes.

3. Add all the dried herbs and stir until well-blended.

4. Pour in the water and coconut milk and add the pre-soaked and drained mung beans and dry red lentils. Also add the salt. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and let simmer with the lid on for 10 minutes.

5. Add the butternut squash cubes, bring to a boil again and stir well. Turn the heat down and let simmer for another 10 minutes until the lentils, mung beans and butternut squash are soft. Add some more water if needed, and season with pepper and salt.

6. Add the spinach, stir, and then make dimples in the sauce. Gently crack an egg into each dimple, close the lid and let simmer until the eggs are set.

7. Sprinkle with some dried chili flakes and fresh parsley leaves. Place the pan at the centre of the dinner table so that everyone can dig in! Serve with the yoghurt, parsley-lemon pistou and naan breads. Enjoy!

 

Preparation parsley-lemon pistou

  • 100ml extra vierge olive oil
  • 2 garlic bulbs
  • 2 big handfuls of fresh parsley
  • Grated lemon zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a blender (or with a hand blender) until smooth.

 

 

Mirjam Leslie-Pringle

Mirjam Leslie-Pringle is a food expert, photographer and owner of the popular vegetarian recipe blog veggieverymuch.com. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Mirjam left Amsterdam three years ago with her family to start a new adventure on the island of Ibiza. Together with her husband, three kids, four horses, three dogs and a cat, Mirjam’s days are filled with work, fun, and of course, healthy and delicious food.