Lior Lev Sercarz, from "Mastering Spice" by Lior Lev Sercarz
Extra-virgin olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 large shallots, thinly sliced lengthwise
2 red bell peppers, very thinly sliced
2 green bell peppers, very thinly sliced
2 Tbsp Sheba blend or make your own blend using the recipe below
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
6 large eggs, at room temperature
Challah, pita, or other bread, for serving
2 teaspoons coriander seeds (4 grams)
1 teaspoon celery seeds (2 grams)
1⁄4 teaspoon ground chipotle chile (1⁄2 gram)
2 teaspoons sweet paprika (4 grams)
For the Spice Blend
Finely grind the coriander and celery seeds together and immediately mix with the chipotle and paprika.
For the Shakshuka
Coat a large sauté pan (a straight-sided skillet) with oil (2 to 3 tablespoons). Set over medium heat and add the spice blend and garlic. Cook, stirring, until sizzling and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the shallots, season with salt, and stir well. Cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the red and green bell peppers, stir well, and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bell peppers are tender, about 10 minutes.
Add the tomato paste, raise the heat to medium, and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and 1 cup water. Bring to a simmer and then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Cook for 5 minutes. Uncover and season to taste with salt.
Adjust the heat so the sauce maintains a steady simmer. Crack the eggs on top, spacing them apart. Cover and cook to your desired preference. I like my whites set and yolks runny, which takes 6 to 7 minutes. If you’re not serving this right away, remember that the eggs will continue to cook in the sauce’s residual heat. Serve with bread.