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Vegetarian Turkish Menemen

  • Culture
Syraat Al Mustaqeem, BA English 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Portion size: 2 person


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ onion, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 peppers, chopped
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes or canned tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced (optional)
  • 1 green onion, ½ for cooking and ½ for the garnish
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Smoked paprika
  • Cumin
  • Ground coriander
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • ¼  teaspoon black pepper
  • Mint leaves for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in a pan, preferably an iron cast. Add in chopped onion and green peppers, saute until brown.
  2. Add spices: chilli powder, cinnamon, smoked paprika, cumin, and ground coriander.
  3. Add in tomatoes, garlic and green onions, let it simmer for 10-15 minutes stirring frequently until it thickens. Sprinkle salt over it.
  4. Using a spoon make rooms for each egg and break eggs into those hollows. Let it simmer uncovered until the eggs are slightly cooked for 8-10 minutes. Help egg whites cook well with a spoon. If you like the yolks hard, cook longer.
  5. Sprinkle ground black pepper over it.
  6. Garnish with chopped green onion and mint leaves. Serve in the pan.

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