Poutine Shakshuka

Assalam Alaikum everyone! I hope you are all well and safe inside your homes and taking all the possible measures to avoid the pandemic. May Allah have mercy upon us all (Ameen).

While everyone is killing time doing stuff that suits them, I’m here thinking of creating fusion dishes. This dish is a fusion of two classics inspired by my favourite breakfast item at Jade, Islamabad. Issa Poutine Shakshuka! Yes you heard it right. Some of you may think of it as an abomination. But I, on the other hand, loved the mash-up. It’s super funky and almost crazy to fathom but eggs, potato, and a meaty tomato gravy cannot go wrong together. Top it off with some cheese, et voila! You have some comfort in a frying pan.

Let’s talk some basics through. The size of your frying pan determines the amount of eggs that you can accommodate. And the amount of eggs denotes your serving (1 egg per person). Let your gravy be slightly loose because it will dry eventually as it cools. I love keeping the egg yolks slightly runny but it’s totally your preference. Keep the French Fries perfectly cooked and ready since we barely heat it in the frying pan. As complex as it looks, it’s ready in hardly 15 minutes. Let’s see how!

Ingredient List:

Recipe Difficulty Level: Beginner
Serving: 2 people
Prep Time: 5 mins 
Cook Time: 15 mins 
Eggs (انڈے)
	2 whole

Chicken Mince (مرغی کا قیمہ) 
	180 grams or 1 cup

Oil (تیل)
	1 tablespoon

Spring Onions (ہری پیاز)
	2 bulbs

Garlic (لہسن)
	2 large cloves

Green Chillies (ہری مرچ)
	1 large

Red Chilli Flakes (کٹی لال مرچ) 
	1/2 teaspoon

Coriander Powder (دھنیا پاؤڈر)
	1/2 teaspoon

Black Pepper Powder (کالی مرچ پاؤڈر)
	1/2 teaspoon

Salt (نمک)
	to taste

Tomato Puree (ٹماٹر کی چٹنی)
	1 cup

Chicken Stock (مرغ کی یخنی)
	1/2 cup

Habanero Sauce or any Hot Sauce (چلی ساس)
	1 teaspoon

Whole Spice Powder or Garam Masala (گرم مصالحہ)
	1/4 teaspoon

Pre-made Frank Sausages (ساسیجز)
	1 sausage (sliced)

Cooked French Fries (آلو کے چپس)
	from 2 medium-sized potatoes

Fresh Coriander (دھنیا)
	1 teaspoon (chopped)

Spinach (پالک)
	4-5 baby leaves

Grated Cheese (پنیر)
	for garnish

Tools Required:

Frying Pan
Cooking Stove
Wooden or any Mixing Spoon
Knife
Bowl

Steps:

  1. In a frying pan, sauté spring onion whites in cooking oil until slightly translucent.
  2. Add chopped garlic and green chilli.
  3. Also add dry spices (red chilli flakes, coriander powder, black pepper powder, and salt). Sauté until they release a faint aroma.
  4. Add chicken mince and cook till colour changes.
  5. Stir in tomato puree and chicken stock.
  6. Cover and cook for 10 minutes so that the meat is tender and the rawness of tomatoes is eliminated.
  7. Add habanero sauce and garam masala. You can use any hot sauce if you do not have habanero sauce. Just adjust the spice level accordingly.
  8. Taste and adjust salt at this point. Add sliced frank sausages (pre-made). Sprinkle in some fresh coriander and 1 teaspoon of spring onion greens.
  9. Stir and cook on medium to evaporate excess water from the mixture.
  10. Layer cooked French Fries at the bottom of the frying pan and scoop the prepared mixture on top of it. Spread it flat.
  11. Make two wells and slowly crack the eggs inside them. Scatter baby spinach leaves on top.
  12. Sprinkle some more fresh coriander, sausage slices and spring onion greens.
  13. Add some grated cheese . You can use either mozzarella or cheddar cheese.
  14. Cover and cook on very low heat until the eggs are cooked. Do not overcook the eggs if you want a slightly runny yolk.
  15. Sprinkle a pinch of black pepper on the eggs to season them. Enjoy with toasted bread or pita. Or simply dig in with a fork!

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Tutorial:

Hope you liked this funky version of the classic Shakshuka! Share your thoughts and click on the link below to watch a video tutorial for this recipe:

Poutine Shakshuka

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