How to Make the Perfect Çılbır at Home

How to Make the Perfect Çılbır at Home

How to Make the Perfect Çılbır at Home

Welcome to another culinary adventure! Today, we're diving into the rich flavors of Turkish cuisine with a beloved traditional dish: Çılbır. This delightful combination of yogurt, eggs, and a spicy butter sauce is not only delicious but also surprisingly easy to make. Follow along with my simple recipe, and you'll be enjoying this Turkish classic in no time.


  • Strained yogurt
  • Minced garlic
  • Olizzi Premium Organic Olive Oil
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Fresh bread, preferably just out of the oven
  • Step-by-Step Recipe:

Prepare the Yogurt Base

First things first, let's create a creamy and flavorful yogurt base. Take your strained yogurt and mix it with minced garlic. This gives the yogurt a wonderful kick and adds depth to the dish. Spread the garlic-infused yogurt evenly on your serving plate. This will be the bed for our eggs.

Cook the Eggs

Now, let's move on to the eggs. Poaching eggs can be tricky, but don't worry if you're not confident with your poaching skills—I have a foolproof alternative. Heat a pan over medium heat and drizzle in some Olizzi Premium Organic Olive Oil.

Gently crack an egg into the pan. Allow it to cook slowly, keeping the yolk intact. Once the white is mostly set, carefully fold some of the white over the yolk to cover it slightly. This ensures the yolk stays soft and runny, mimicking the texture of a perfectly poached egg.

Assemble the Dish

Once your egg is cooked to perfection, carefully place it on the bed of yogurt. Repeat this process if you're making multiple servings.

Make the Spicy Butter Sauce

In a small saucepan, melt some butter over medium heat. Add red pepper flakes to the melted butter and let them sizzle for a minute or so. This creates a fragrant and spicy sauce that will elevate your Çılbır to the next level.

Finish with a Flourish

Pour the spicy butter sauce over the egg and yogurt. The vibrant red of the pepper flakes against the white yogurt and egg makes for a stunning presentation. For the final touch, sprinkle some finely chopped fresh parsley over the top. The parsley adds a fresh, herbaceous note that balances the richness of the dish.

Serve with Fresh Bread

No Turkish meal is complete without some fresh bread. Serve your Çılbır with warm, crusty bread straight out of the oven. The bread is perfect for dipping into the creamy yogurt and runny yolk.

Enjoy Your Homemade Çılbır!

And there you have it—a simple yet delicious recipe for Çılbır that you can easily make at home. This dish is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even a light dinner. The combination of creamy yogurt, soft eggs, and spicy butter sauce is sure to become a favorite in your household.

So, gather your ingredients, follow these steps, and enjoy the delightful taste of traditional Turkish cuisine. Bon appétit!

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