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Menemen (Turkish Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes and Green Pepper)

Menemen is one of the most practical, life-saving Turkish dishes which can be put together in a jiffy. It is not only a street food but also a great addition to your breakfast or brunch table. Most importantly, when you move houses, Menemen is what you need to cook while you are in the middle of packing or unpacking. Believe me, this is what pretty much all Turks do!

There are a few different varieties of Menemen. For instance, the one with feta cheese is quite popular. Whether it’s the feta cheese version or not, all Menemen dishes have one thing in common: it is always eaten with Turkish bread. Afiyet olsun, Peoples!

Preparation time: 5 – 10 minutes
Cooking time: approx. 5 minutes
Serves 2

• 4 free range eggs
• 1 banana chilli or bullhorn pepper, deseeded and finely sliced
• 2 spring (green) onions, finely sliced
• 2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1 teaspoon hot Turkish chilli flakes, depending on how hot you like it
• Salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat the butter in a frying pan.
2. Stir in the green pepper of your choice (banana chilli or bullhorn pepper) and cook for a few minutes or until soft-ish on medium heat.
3. Add chopped tomatoes and spring onions. Sprinkle with hot Turkish chilli flakes. Mix well.
4. Then, crack the eggs in a bowl and mix. Stir in the egg mixture to the frying pan and give it a good stir.
5. Scramble the eggs until they are just done, retaining their juice. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
6. Serve Menemen warm with a little bit more Turkish chilli flakes sprinkled on top if you would like. Serve with Turkish bread or any rustic, crusty bread. Afiyet Olsun Peoples!

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