November 19, 2014, Updated November 17, 2014


Shakshuka is one of Israel’s favorite dishes, and with good reason. Eggs are poached in tomatoes, chili peppers or red peppers, and onions, and often spiced with cumin. It’s a perfect way to begin a Middle Eastern morning, but is also great at lunch or dinner too.

The dish is a staple of Arabic cuisine and is thought to have been introduced to Israel by Tunisian Jews.

There are as many different ways to create shakshuka as there are ways to create Italy’s fabulous desert, Tiramisu. Eggs with spinach and white wine, eggs with artichoke hearts, potatoes and broad beans, eggs with spicy sausage, or feta cheese.

In Israel the dish challenges hummus and falafel as a national favourite, especially in the winter months.

If you want to learn more about Israel’s best foods check out our article 10 extraordinary tastes from Israel.
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