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Şakşuka is a Turkish side dish or meze made of vegetables cooked in olive oil. The particular vegetable may vary from region to region, but eggplant is a common choice. In Balıkesir şakşuka is made with green tomatoes. The dish sometimes includes potato and peppers as well.[1]

Although it shares the same etymology as shakshouka (from a North African Arabic dialect meaning "mixed"), Turkish şakşuka is a completely different dish which does not include eggs and is therefore vegan. The closest analogue to shakshouka in Turkish cuisine is menemen, which is essentially a shakshouka without harissa.

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  1. ^ Akin, Engin (2015-10-06). Essential Turkish Cuisine. Abrams. ISBN 978-1-61312-871-8.