Falafel Shakshuka

Serves 4
Total Time
45 Minutes
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 small aubergine, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 scant tsp of smoked paprika
¼ tsp of ground cinnamon
1 tbsp of tomato purée
200g passata (sieved tomatoes)
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 tsp dried chilli flakes or 1 red chilli, chopped
Pinch of sugar
12 shop-bought falafel
Sea salt flakes and black pepper
Tahini Sauce
2 tsbp of light tahini
½ tbsp of pomegranate molasses
1 tsp of agave nectar
Juice of ½ lemon
1–2 tbsp of water
Pinch of fine sea salt flakes
To Serve
8–10 taco-sized tortillas or flatbreads
Handful of pomegranate seeds
Handful of tarragon, torn
Step 1

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion to the pan, season and sweat for 2–3 minutes until it begins to soften.

Step 2

Add the aubergine and stir to combine. Sauté for 2–3 minutes, then add the garlic, sprinkle over the smoked paprika and cinnamon and stir to coat. Cover and cook for another 2–3 minutes, or until the aubergine has started to soften.

Step 3

Add the tomato purée, passata and chopped tomatoes to the pan. Fill the tomato can with water and add it to the sauce together with the chilli and sugar. Season generously and simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes, or until the sauce is rich and bubbling.

Step 4

Place the falafel in the pan, making sure not to cover them with the sauce – they should be peeking out! Cover and simmer gently for a further 10 minutes.

Step 5

Meanwhile, make the tahini sauce by whisking the ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth and glossy.

Step 6

Griddle or toast the tortillas and keep warm under a clean tea towel.

Step 7

To serve, drizzle the tahini sauce over the shakshuka and garnish with the pomegranate seeds and tarragon. Put the pan in the centre of the table along with the tortillas and let everyone help themselves.

Recipe courtesy of Cook Share Eat Vegan by Aine Carlin.

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