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This recipe is from Yotam Ottolenghi's vegetarian cookbook "Plenty". It was published in guardian.co.uk
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- 180 ml light olive oil or vegetable oil
- 2 large onions, sliced
- 2 red and 2 yellow peppers, stems and seeds removed, cut into 2 cm strips
- 4 tsp muscovado sugar
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 thyme sprigs, picked
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 2 tbsp chopped coriander, plus extra to garnish
- 6 ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
- ½ tsp saffron threads
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- salt and black pepper
- up to 250 ml water
- 8 free-range eggs
- In a very large pan, dry-roast the cumin on high heat for two minutes.
- Add the oil and onions, sauté for five minutes, add the peppers, sugar and herbs, and cook on a high heat for five to 10 minutes, to get a nice colour.
- Add the tomatoes, saffron, cayenne and some salt and pepper, and cook on a low heat for 15 minutes.
- Add water as necessary, so it ends up with a pasta sauce consistency.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning – it should be pretty potent (you can prepare the dish to this stage well in advance)
- Remove the bay leaves and divide the mix between four deep frying pans (or one large one), each large enough to take a generous individual portion.
- Place these on a medium heat to warm up, then make two gaps in the mix in each pan and break an egg into each gap.
- Sprinkle with salt, cover, and cook on a very gentle heat for 10–12 minutes, until the eggs are just set.
- Sprinkle with chopped coriander and serve.