Cilbir - Turkish Poached eggs in Greek Yogurt

Cilbir - Turkish Poached eggs in Greek Yogurt

I have always been a dinner person. For me breakfast cooking is a nightmare, something that I rarely look upon. But recently I have had this liking to cook more breakfast recipes. And what better than an easy 10 minute breakfast. Turkish poached eggs also called Cilbir is something that I have been making since quite a few years now. Cilbir are poached eggs placed on a bed of Greek yogurt with a hint of garlic and finally finished off with a chilli butter sauce topping. 

I haven't been to Turkey, but it is definitely one in my bucket list. Turkish food is always full of flavors, mostly done with very less ingredients unlike Indian cuisine. I loveeee Turkish food. This was basically my first attempt to Turkish cuisine. There was a time during high school I used to be crazy enough to sit wide awake at 3 am in the morning to catch up on cookery shows. The food food channel, Nigella Lawson's show that aired on TLC network to name a few. One fine night, I happened to watch her make these delicious Turkish eggs. I just love her style of cooking, without placing almost all ingredients in front of you, I mean I like to cook like that, just adding what comes my way lol, and that I might have emulated from her elegant cooking style. I can watch her cook all day! 😍

For us Indians, eggs are either cooked with full of masalas or they are sweet, eggs in yogurt is something that was new to me.

I somehow could not try and make that day, so a couple of days later, my sister made it and she kept raving about how good it was. So I decided that I definitely had to give it a go. And oh boy was I amazed by the flavors. 

Basically, cilbir are poached eggs that are placed on a bed of garlic- Greek yogurt/thick yogurt and topped off with a chilli butter sauce, if you don't burn it, the flavors are intense. So good that you will be addicted I bet! 😍

This has been my go to breakfast or brunch idea, I love how easy it is to make this, within no time, you have your delicious cilbir ready to devour. And for me it's always been about easy breakfasts. I just condemn the fact of working in the kitchen right in the morning.

Who would have thought eggs and yogurt would go well? Well, if you haven't given this a try yet, you definitely gotto try, don't miss out! Without further a do, let's get started!

Ingredients : (for 2 people) 

  • 1 cup stirred Balade Greek yogurt
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2-4 eggs (for poaching)
  • Water and 1 tbsp vinegar for poaching
  • 2 tbsp butter / 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 tsp paprika 
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Flakes 
  • Fresh Dill, to garnish

Instructions :

  1. Add 1 cup of Balade stirred Greek yogurt to a bowl, Mince in 1 small garlic clove and ass salt as required. 
  2. To poach your eggs, in a deep small pan, bring water to a boil, simmer, add in 1 tbsp white vinegar. 
  3. Prepare your serving plate with a bed of the prepared Balade Greek yogurt. 
  4. Next, crack in an egg into a small bowl and drop into the hot water, as closely and slowly as possible. 
  5. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes for a runny yolk, use a slotted spoon to lift the egg from the water and using a kitchen towel drain the excess water by placing the kitchen towel under the slotted soon and rubbing it. 
  6. Whilst you poach your eggs, let's quickly make the chilli butter sauce. 
  7. In a small pan, add in 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil, next add in red chilli flakes and paprika and cook them for about a minute without burning. 
  8. Pour the sauce over the poached eggs. 
  9. Finally garnish with dill leaves and enjoy with a crusty bread or a salad! 😍 

Do try this recipe and don't forget to share your experience/feedback with me here in the comments or feel free to send me a mail. Also, do tag me at #taystedit if you try out my recipes on Facebook, Instagram etc so that I can see when you make it. ♡♡♡♡

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