Turkish Eggs


Turkish Eggs

Turkish eggs also known as Çılbır is a Turkish dish of poached eggs with yogurt, often with garlic mixed in. There are records of çılbır being eaten by Ottoman sultans as far back as the 15th century. It is now common to serve the dish topped with melted butter infused with Aleppo pepper, for which paprika can be substituted.
In several Balkan countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia, the Turkish word çılbır is rendered as čimbur and refers to a fried eggs dish. Almost identical is the Panagyurski style eggs dish in Bulgaria.
Cilbir is really easy to make, but you want to make sure you have good quality ingredients because you want all of the flavours to shine. The best part of this dish is that we generally have the ingredients at home all the time.
Most people's idea of yogurt for breakfast is something sweet like a parfait topped with fruit or a couple tablespoons of granola. But if you’re ready for something new, this savory yogurt breakfast from Turkey is so worth a try!
PREP TIME 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2
Calories 367 kcal


  • 4 eggs
  • 300 g Greek yoghurt
  • 50 g butter
  • 20 ml olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fresh parsley



  • Add water and salt in a pot and heat the water until small bubbles start to appear.
  • Crack eggs into individual ramekins or measuring cups or whatever you have at hand. Reduce the heat to a light simmer, add vinegar and create a whirlpool by swirling the water with a spoon in one direction. Add an egg into the middle of the pot and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and place on a plate with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper and do the same for the rest of the eggs.

Yoghurt and butter

  • In a bowl mix the yoghurt, lemon juice, fine chopped garlic, salt and pepper.
  • In a pan melt the butter on low heat. When the butter is melted add the olive oil and chilli flakes and let it cook until the mix gets a light brown color.


  • On a plate add half of the yoghurt, 2 poached eggs and melted butter with olive oil and chilli flakes by your taste. Add some fresh parsley and that's it, you can enjoy a tasty breakfast.


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