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  • 4 to 6
  • Easy
  • Dairy free
  • 10 minutes
  • 40 minutes

Matbucha, a salad with Moroccan and North African origins. It is a popular mezze salad in Israel and makes for a wonderful addition to your Hanukkah.


  • 2 T sunflower oil
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 T sugar
  • ½ t salt
  • a pinch freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Instructions

1. Fry the onions in the oil until soft and translucent. Add the remaining ingredients and cook over a low heat for 20–30 minutes, or until reduced by a third and thick.

Cook’s note: Use very ripe tomatoes. This is best served as a meze with bread.

Find more Hanukkah recipes here.

Photographs: Russell Smith
Production: Khanya Mzongwana
Food Assistant: Emma Nkunzana

Tal Smith Recipe by: Tal Smith
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Tal Smith is the owner of Sababa, a middle-Eastern deli and restaurant in Cape Town.

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