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About this recipe: Menemen is a typical Turkish or Kurdish breakfast dish. In essence, it's a tomato and pepper sauce, thickened with eggs. Perfect with crusty style village bread. You won't find this on the menu at your local Turkish eatery!

NazarBlue London, England, UK

Serves: 4 

  • 6 beef tomatoes
  • 2 green peppers
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 4 eggs, beaten

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

  1. Peel tomatoes by scoring them with a sharp knife and blanching in boiling water for one minute. Take out and leave to cool. The skin should then peel off without effort. Chop flesh finely, discarding seeds.
  2. Chop peppers and saute in butter until soft. I use those thin Turkish-style peppers easily available in your local Mediterranean shop, but if you prefer less heat, use regular bell peppers.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes and cover pan, simmering until they have softened into pulp. Take off lid and continue to heat until liquid reduced. Add seasoning and herbs.
  4. Stir in beaten eggs. Once egg starts to solidify, serve in pan or in serving dish accompanied by lots of bread.

Serving suggestion

Sometimes I add a handful of cheese to Menemen. My family-in-law often adds sucuk (beef sausage) or minced meat.

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