I’m pretty sure this ‘recipe’ is long over-due. Ok so, really simple dish, can be served as a side, part of a main meal, put into lasagnas, bolognese, on pizzas or eaten as a snack and it’s oh so healthy!
Green/red/orange/yellow peppers – make it colourful!
Carrots (optional, slice them thin if you add them, I don’t)
Aubergine (optional but I would advise cooking these separately. I think they need their own post)
Italian herbs and spices – you know, you’re typical blends or random mixtures of anything. Oregano is a must I think.
About a teason of butter/ghee/coconut oil
Pinch of salt and pepper
Chop the veg chunkily (awesome word!) and toss into a frying pan with the fat of choice and season/herb up. Put it on a meadium to high heat and just give the pan a shake until the veg are a little tanned.
Don’t kill (overcook) the veg please, we want them to be full of goodness still and they should be a little crunchy still. If they’re mushy, you’ve gone too far. Simple, yummy and kids will LOVE them!
I thought it’d be cool to use the actual Turkish terminology but what it really means is spicy tomato salad which has been finely chopped… aka Tomato salsa or relish. But we’ll stick to Ezme Salatasi because I like it. Ideally it should be served with grilled or BBQ’d meat but I could have it with almost anything thing because it’s so tasty maashaaAllaah!
I was inspired by my weekened lunch at a halaal Turkish restaurant. This salad was the highlight of the lunch. I’ve made it twice already and would have made it again only I ran out of cherry tomatoes.
20ish cherry tomatoes (make sure they’re sweet)
Half a green bell pepper
Half a small red onion or 1-2 ‘sprigs’ of spring onion
1 fresh green chilli
Crushed chillie flakes
Pink Himalayan salt
Dried or fresh mint (fresh is better!)
The method is simple. Chuck everything except the tomatoes into a mini food processor and blitz until finely chopped but NOT mushy. Add the tomatoes, blitz for a few more seconds until the tomatoes are chopped/semi-mushed. If you have a few large chunks, don’t worry about it, I like the rustic look it has.
By the way, some people deseed the tomatoes and lose the extra juices. It should be illegal, for real. Tomato juice and seeds = yum!
Apologies for the bad photography (as always), it’s kind hard to focus on mush especially when you’re only using one hand and the lighting is poor at night. Enjoy!