Turkish menemen with sumac yoghurt

Turkish menemen is a popular breakfast dish usually served up in the centre of the table for a large family or group of friends to share. It is a one-pot dish of eggs, onions, tomatoes and spices. Chefs often personalise the dish by adding their own accompaniments, and that's exactly what Anna Hansen does in this menemen recipe - serving with a sumac yoghurt to soothe the heat of the eggs.

First published in 2015

Ingredients

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Turkish menemen

Sumac yoghurt

Equipment

  • Heavy based pan

Method

1
For the sumac yoghurt, place the yoghurt in a bowl and whisk in the olive oil, sumac, garlic and lemon juice. Season with a little salt, pepper and more lemon juice if desired, set aside
2
In a large, heavy-based frying pan, heat the oil and add the fennel seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and the Aleppo chilli flakes. Sauté for 4-5 minutes until the spices release an aroma
3
Stir in the onion, ginger and garlic and cook until slightly soft. Then, add the red pepper and tomatoes. Cook the mixture gently for 10 minutes, until the sauce begins to thicken
4
Check the seasoning, then crack the eggs on top of the sauce. Leave to simmer gently for around 5 minutes until the eggs are cooked to your liking
5
Once the eggs are cooked, remove the pan from the heat and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and parsley. Serve from the pan with the sumac yoghurt and toasted sourdough

Whether you call it 'fusion', 'global' or 'basically indescribable' is beside the point; Anna Hansen's food is without a doubt fresh and adventurous - you might even call it modern.

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