Let’s head to Morocco in for a very popular cooked salad called taktouka.
What is taktouka?
Taktouka is a salad or side dish that is very easy to make and is just delicious. It is usually served warm but can also be served cold. It can accompany grilled meat or fish, but also a tajine or a couscous. Or you can just dip some bread in it! This zesty salad is prepared with roasted bell peppers that add a subtle smokiness that is just perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the tomatoes.
Taktouka vs. shakshouka
Shakshouka, which originated in Tunisia and is now very popular in Israel, is a similar dish to taktouka but it is saucier and spicier and may include merguez as well as a poached egg on top. Shakshouka is also known as sciakisciuka in Sicily, specifically on the small island of Pantelleria, off the coast of Tunisia. Shakshouka is also more often served as a main dish than a salad.
Although most taktouka recipes call for green peppers, it is also prepared with red peppers in some regions and families.
I prepared this taktouka recipe for my Moroccan cooking class, with the help of my friend and co-host Yasmina.
- 6 red and green bell peppers
- 2 jalapenos , finely diced (optional)
- 6 tomatoes
- 1 bunch cilantro , finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic , pressed
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Roast the whole peppers on a gas flame or BBQ, or alternatively broil them in the oven. Then, place them in a plastic bag for 10 minutes to sweat them.
- In the meantime, dice the tomatoes and sauté them in pan with olive oil until all the water is evaporated, about 10 minutes.
- While the tomatoes are cooking, peel and clean the peppers from the seeds and stem. Finely dice them.
- Once the tomatoes are cooked, add the peppers, garlic, cilantro, cumin and paprika.
- Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes on medium/high heat while stirring.