Turkish eggs (Cilbir) By Deepto Banerjee

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Turkish eggs (Cilbir)

Eggs are my savior and this recipe is an absolute delight for anyone looking to experiment with the eggs.
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Serves

2-3 Servings

Cooking Time

35 - 40 mins Mins

Meal Type

BREAKFAST

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup greek yogurt (room temperature)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper or paprika powder
  • 2 teaspoons of finely chopped dill
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/4 ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon diced jalapeno pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

PREPARATION

  1. 1

    1. Pour the yogurt into a medium bowl. Grate in garlic and mix well. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Add dill and mix thoroughly. Set aside at room temperature.
  2. 2

    2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat until bubbles begin to burst. Add cumin, paprika, and chili flakes. Stir until color is uniform, then turn off heat and let spices soak.
  3. 3

    3. Grind parsley and jalapeno together in a mortar or mixer. Season with salt, drizzle in olive oil, and mix them well.
  4. 4

    4. Fill a large saucepan with 2 to 3 inches of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, pour in vinegar, and keep the water at a gentle simmer. Crack an egg into a small bowl then gently slip egg into the simmering water (don’t whisk), holding the bowl just above the surface of water. Repeat with the remaining eggs. Cook eggs until the whites are firm and the yolks have thickened but are not hard, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon, dab on a kitchen towel to remove excess water, and place onto a warm plate.
  5. 5

    5. Add yogurt mixture onto serving plates. Use the back of a spoon to spread yogurt out into a bed for the eggs, carving ridges into the top to catch the oil. Drizzle on some jalapeno oil. Top with eggs and a spoonful or two of the butter. Sprinkle salt on top.
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