Menemen – Turkish Style Omelette With Vegetables

Here is a simple breakfast dish, a staple food in Turkey, especially when it’s summer.

Ingredients (serves 2-4):

3 tablespoons of olive oil,

1 onion, grated,

4-5 yellow banana peppers, capsicums and/or hot peppers, chopped into 1 cm pieces,

2-3 tomatoes, peeled and diced,

1/2 teaspoon of salt

3-4 eggs or 50 g grated cheese (or you can leave these out completely)

In a steel or iron skillet, fry peppers and grated onion with olive oil. Once they are soft and yellow add the tomatoes. Cover and simmer for a few minutes. Uncover and continue to cook on medium heat until the juices are gone and it takes up an oily texture. Add salt. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat them for 10 seconds. Pour the eggs into the pan over tomatoes and peppers. Cover and stir slightly after 2 minutes. Cover again and let simmer for another 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve warm with fresh bread and tea. Yummiest and healthiest breakfast dish ever. There are a zillion variants of menemen, which include menemen with eggs or without eggs, with cheese, Turkish sausages (sujuk), garlic, red capsicum, various herbs and spices. You can get  as creative as you like, up to your tastebuds. The recipe I gave here is for a basic menemen dish. If you decide not to add eggs, you can serve menemen cold and it will still taste good.

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. A single man food… Awesome! It looks very delicious!

  2. Your menemen looks pretty amazing. I blogged about my menemen recipe today, you might enjoy it http://foreignperspective.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/menemen-made-in-adana/ I wanted to ask, what’s capsicum? I saw it in a few other recipes around the web.

    • Hi Jake, I’ve browsed through your blog, I’ll definitely visit again for more. It’s very interesting to read about an expat’s perspective on Turkey. I’ve never been to Adana, but I can say, food from southern Anatolia is just amazing! Gaziantep, Hatay and Mardin, these places are the heaven for a foodie.
      Oh by the way, capsicum is the same thing as red bell pepper or cayenne pepper (the sweet variety). Please keep in touch, great meeting you. Cheers.


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