Popular in North Africa (especially in Tunisia) and the Middle East (particularly in Israel), shakshuka is a dish consisting of eggs cooked in a thick, spicy sauce of tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic and seasonings. This dish has many variations, but most cook the eggs in indentations made in the thick sauce. Shakshuka is also spelled chachouka chouchouka and chackchouka.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.