Monday, 29 November 2010

Meat-Free Monday: Eggs with Yoghurt

Or, how to appal a vegan with your vegetarian option.

I spotted this Turkish dish on Su-Lin's blog Tamarind and Thyme a week or so ago and I could not get my head around it at all. How on earth does yoghurt topped with eggs and melted butter actually add up to dinner? But her taste in food generally chimes with mine, and I had eggs and yoghurt so I figured that there was really nothing to lose on a night when Paul was away.

You know what? YUM. The cold, garlicky yoghurt (I used TOTAL fat-free Greek yoghurt), hot, runny-yolked eggs (I fried. My poaching is not reliable enough and I didn't have back-up eggs and it meant I could use the one pan for eggs and butter) and spicy melted butter is actually a gorgeous combination for the hardened dairy lover. I made a little salad of grated carrot and chopped parsley, dressed with lemon juice. I warmed a (bought) naan to sop up the mixture. I had dinner on the table in under 10 minutes.

10 comments:

Su-Lin said...

Oooh, definitely going to try fried next time. So glad you liked it - it still does sound like an unlikely combination to me even though I've had it a few times now!

Rachel said...

Sounds delicious! Maybe with a little sumac sprinkled on top. yummy.

But I can see where a vegan would be appalled at being confronted with chicken embryos with a side of curdled cow juice.

kat said...

Sounds like a bit of heaven to me

Foodycat said...

Su-Lin - fried was nice. I just turned them over briefly to cook the tops but leave the yolk nice & runny. Thanks for the recipe!

Rachel - oh yes, sumac would be an excellent idea!

Simona said...

You got me curious: I will try the combination, since I love eggs and consume industrial quantities of yogurt.

tasteofbeirut said...

We have a similar dish in Lebanese rural cooking with the eggs fried and of course garlic (mashed) is added to the yogurt. Yum!

girlichef said...

This is a perfectly delightful meal...YUM!

mscrankypants said...

It's an intriguing concept even though I put yoghurt on savoury dishes like curries. It must be the newness of the idea to put yoghurt on eggs!

Foodycat said...

Kat - definitely try it

Simona - I think you may like it

Joumana - it does seem like a very "country" sort of a dish. Lovely but simple.

Heather - thanks!

Cranky - I like yoghurt with savoury stuff, but it was hard to get my head around.

Ben said...

I've been away for so long that I've forgotten how daring foodies can be, hehe. When I first saw the title I thought: O...K... But as I read the post I thought, this actually doesn't sound bad at all! Hehe. I need to go back to my creative mode. :)

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