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
- Add 1 cup of Balade stirred Greek yogurt to a bowl, Mince in 1 small garlic clove and ass salt as required.
- To poach your eggs, in a deep small pan, bring water to a boil, simmer, add in 1 tbsp white vinegar.
- Prepare your serving plate with a bed of the prepared Balade Greek yogurt.
- Next, crack in an egg into a small bowl and drop into the hot water, as closely and slowly as possible.
- 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.
- Whilst you poach your eggs, let's quickly make the chilli butter sauce.
- 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.
- Pour the sauce over the poached eggs.
- Finally garnish with dill leaves and enjoy with a crusty bread or a salad! 😍