On the menu of my local Turkish restaurant (Diners Turkish Delight - a greasy spoon cafe by day), Saksuka is subtitled "Turkish ratatouille". Indeed, it shares many of the same components as rataouille - aubergines, peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes - but I prefer it to ratatouille. It is usually served as a mezze dish, with a dollop of Tzatziki and warm Turkish bread.
Serves 4 as a mezze, 2 as a light main meal
1 medium-sized aubergine, cut into small cubes
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 red, yellow or orange pepper, cubed
A generous handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
2-3 peeled garlic cloves, crushed
A good lug of olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
A tsp of smoked paprika
A generous handful of fresh dill (and coriander, if liked)
Half a block of Feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
Heat the oil in a deep frying pan or wok and add the aubergines. Cook until the aubergines are just turning brown. You may need to add more oil as aubergines are like sponges. Then add the onions and peppers and cook until just soft before adding the tomatoes. Check seasoning. Add the smoked paprika and cook until everything is soft and melded. Just before serving, add the dill (if I am using dried dill tops, I add them earlier in the process). Serve with the crumbled Feta (if using), more fresh dill and coriander, and plenty of warm pitta bread or Turkish pide, flatbreads or couscous. Also nice served at room temperature.