Matbucha (Mott-Boo-Chah) is a cooked tomato and roasted bell peppers salad that is popular in Israel, Morocco and throughout the Middle East. The name Matbucha literally means 'cooked salad' in Arabic. It is usually served as a side dish, but it also works well over fish.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, bell pepper, and jalapeno pepper. Season with paprika, black pepper, and sea salt. Cook, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until the liquid evaporates and the salad thickens, about 2 hours more. Stir in the lemon juice, and refrigerate overnight before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

134.6 calories; protein 2.4g 5% DV; carbohydrates 12.4g 4% DV; fat 9.9g 15% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 63.6mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2014
Small variation to this recipe. Put 2 tbsp of oil peel and chop 1 whole garlic head finely Place garlic in pan and start cooking add salt pepper in the meantime take 2 large cans of diced tomatoes and drain them as much as possible in a colander squeeze to get the most water out of it. Add tomatoes to the garlic on low fire Add 3 or 4 grilled and peeled green bell peppers. Once the water is evaporated it may take 2 to 3 hours Add the secret ingredient that is powdered dried red bell pepper hard to find but can be found online put the powder in about 4 tablespoon of Virgin Olive oil and pour into the casserole. Put fire on high for about 3 minutes stirring constantly. Take it off the stove and let it cool. It turned out great and made a whole batch which can be frozen. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/08/2017
I had high hopes for this recipe. It has all the ingredients we love. It just didn't measure up. To begin with we ended up cooking it way longer than 2 hours to get the extra liquid to evaporate. Then when we served it the next day as a side it was not well liked. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 2 stars
05/19/2014
Im moroccan and we call it felfel in the chark region of Morocco... Its a recipe with a lot of trial and error until you find the best balance between everything in the dish... Fire roast the peppers and place them in a clear plastic bag to let them steam so the skin will be easier to take off. Once the skin is off try not to rinse them because you will lose flavor. Chop them up the same size as tomatoes.Mince as much garlic as you want and cook in about 3 tblspns of cooking oil with 2-3 tomatoes if you are using 5 peppers. Salt pepper paprika and let all ingredients simmer for about 20 min.( You can add spice by roasting a hot pepper and chopping it up as well) Read More
(7)
Rating: 2 stars
07/07/2017
I had high hopes for this recipe. It has all the ingredients we love. It just didn't measure up. To begin with we ended up cooking it way longer than 2 hours to get the extra liquid to evaporate. Then when we served it the next day as a side it was not well liked. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2014
Small variation to this recipe. Put 2 tbsp of oil peel and chop 1 whole garlic head finely Place garlic in pan and start cooking add salt pepper in the meantime take 2 large cans of diced tomatoes and drain them as much as possible in a colander squeeze to get the most water out of it. Add tomatoes to the garlic on low fire Add 3 or 4 grilled and peeled green bell peppers. Once the water is evaporated it may take 2 to 3 hours Add the secret ingredient that is powdered dried red bell pepper hard to find but can be found online put the powder in about 4 tablespoon of Virgin Olive oil and pour into the casserole. Put fire on high for about 3 minutes stirring constantly. Take it off the stove and let it cool. It turned out great and made a whole batch which can be frozen. Read More
(5)
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2016
easy to make will make again goes with meat chicken and fish Read More
Rating: 1 stars
07/08/2017
I did not care for this. Not the recipe I grew up with. It's far too acidic. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2017
this is awesome Read More
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