Menemen is a typical Turkish egg scramble that combines the strong Mediterranean flavors of tomatoes, peppers, chilies, black pepper, and oregano. In the original dish, the egg is dropped in just at the end of the cooking, just until barely set. In the vegan option, all the flavors and texture of the dish are captured by silken (or soft) tofu, folded in the vegetable mixture.
The beauty of this dish is that it takes only a few minutes to prepare. Served with bread or toasted pita, it is incredibly satisfying as a light and tasty dinner or breakfast.
Be aware: it’s supposed to be spicy!
- 18-10 cherry tomatoes
- 4 tablespoons tomato sauce
- 1 red pepper
- 1 chili pepper
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 generous pinch of black pepper
- 1 small onion
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Pinch of onion salt
- 1 block silk tofu (250-300 gr)
- Fresh parsley, to decorate
In a non-stick pan, heat the oil on low. Rinse and halve the cherry tomatoes, thinly slice the onion and the chili pepper. Rinse, clean and dice the pepper. Add the vegetables to the oil in the pan and cook, constantly stirring, until they are soft. Add the tomato sauce, oregano, salt, and pepper.
Add the silken tofu to the pan, and fold it in the vegetables until it’s crumbled and well cooked. Transfer to the serving plate and top with fresh parsley.
Accompany with bread or toasted pita.