What are Turkish eggs?
Turkish eggs (known as cilbir in Turkey) are one of the many popular egg-based dishes eaten in the Eurasia country. Poached eggs are served on a garlic yoghurt sauce, then drizzled with a fiery pepper butter.
What are the flavours in Turkish eggs?
The rich red of tomato, chilli and peppers is the backdrop of Turkish food. Tomato paste sits side-by-side with Turkish pepper paste in dishes from salads to flat breads to stews giving a lingering umami richness. And this Turkish egg recipe certainly has that. The added punch of raw garlic, stirred through a rich creamy yoghurt topping may seem a little much for breakfast, but we think it makes the recipe even more special. Garlic is used liberally in Turkish cooking - when you see an instruction for 'one garlic' in a recipe, it may mean a whole bulb rather than a clove, so watch out!
The perfect recipe for a Turkish style egg breakfast has Turkish pepper warmth and yoghurt creaminess. Don't be tempted to rush the cooking. The secret to the Turkish eggs recipe is in the tender onions and peppers.
Ingredients for Turkish eggs Serves: 2
Method for Turkish eggs
- Fry the onion in 1 tbsp olive oil over a gentle heat for 10 minutes or until soft.
- Stir in the sliced red pepper, half of the garlic, tomato paste, pepper paste, ½ tsp salt and water. Cover and cook on a low heat for 30 minutes until the pepper is soft.
- In the meantime make the garlic-yoghurt sauce. Mix together yoghurt, remaining minced garlic and ½ tsp salt.
- When the onion-pepper mixture is cooked, make two indents in the pan and crack an egg into each. Cover and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the egg white is set.
- To serve, spoon over the garlic yoghurt and sprinkle with Aleppo pepper. Serve with crusty bread or toast.