Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Taktouka-Moroccan Tomato Pepper Salad

This is a simple Moroccan style cooked salad which I had made from CookingwithAlia.The recipe is simple as usual and obviously tasty.The salad can also be used as a dip or spread or enjoyed as itself.

Ingredients:
Green Bell Pepper: 1
Tomatoes: 4-5medium or 2-3 Big juicy
Onion: 1 big
Garlic: 3 cloves or 2 tsp minced
Paprika
Pepper
Salt
Olive oil: 1 tbsp+

Preparation:
Chop onions finely.Chop the bell pepper into bite size pieces and gently peel the skin off tomatoes and chop them into pieces.The recipe did not say about peeling the skin but the video showed that the skin of tomatoes had to be peeled.

Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions and saute.As they start cooking,add the salt,pepper,paprika,minced garlic and saute.Cover and cook for a few minutes while the onions may start sweating and cook in their water.Remove the lid and add the chopped tomatoes.Mix well and cover and cook for another 8-10 minutes or so when the tomatoes start cooking and release juices.Add the chopped bell peppers and cover and cook for around 15-20 minutes till they are cooked.

If there is not enough tomato juice in the pan then you can add water as needed for the pepper to be cooked.

Taktouka is ready when all the liquid is absorbed and the peppers are cooked.Serve as a side salad or chunky dip or spread.

The dish was heartily spicy and I enjoyed it very much.It can be tried in the microwave as well.


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