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Thon Chtitha | Algerian Tuna with Tomatoes {GLUTEN-FREE, PALEO, LOW CARB FRIENDLY}

A simple dish of tuna, onion, garlic harissa and tomatoes gently cooked. Add some crusty bread and tuck right in. 

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After the severl course, sometimes heavy meals of Ramadan, I'm opting for very quick to throw together dishes that are more lighter. This is a super easy weekday meal that my late mother in law used to make this dish. It requires just some pantry items you mostly likely have already laying around. 

Thon Chtitha is a simple dish of gently braised tuna with olive oil, cumin, tomatoes and optionally with chopped parsley, garlic, onion, lemon juice, chili pepper, herbs and spices.

For this recipe, I used tuna in tomato sauce since  I was already going to use tomatoes in the sauce. You can certainly use tuna packed in water or olive oil. 

You can use this sauce on pasta or rice, if you like. We usually like to eat it as a hot dip with bread, just like my late mother-n-law used to make.
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fish & seafood | serves 4-5

  Thon Chtitha 
A simple dish of tuna, onion, garlic harissa and tomatoes gently cooked. Add some crusty bread and tuck right in.

‣ 1 TBS olive oil, plus more for drizzling
‣ 1 large onion, finely chopped
‣ 2 garlic cloves, minced
‣ Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for garnish
‣ 2 cans tuna, well drained
‣ 220ml - 1 cup tomato passata 
‣ Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
‣ 1 TBS fresh chopped fresh oregano or thyme

‣ Handful of chopped parsley 
‣ 1/2 tsp ground cumin

Garnish (optional):

‣ Fried potatoes
‣ Olives
‣ Capers

‣ Lemon

1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned.

2. Add the tuna, passata passta, herbs, and cumin. Add a little water if needed, but not too much.

3. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes until a sauce-like consistency.

    ⇝ The dish can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. This dish isn't freezable.

    Special Diets 
    Without the addition side of fried potatoes, this dish is friendly for diabetes and people on Gluten-Free, Paleo, Keto, Primal and Low-Carb diets. You can sub fried Jerusalem artichokes or courgettes as a side.

     CATEGORIES: summer, quick & easy,  HEALTHY, algerian savoury, picnic, mediterranean, fish & seafood 

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