In Turkey, it is menemen, in many parts of the Middle East, it is shakshuka (claimed to be a North African import), and in Azerbaijan, it is pomidor chighirtmasi, also known as pomidor-yumurta (literally, “tomato-egg”). What do these dishes have in common?
In them, tomatoes and eggs prove to be a match made in heaven, or rather a skillet. Although in many cases, in shakshuka and menemen, besides tomatoes, other vegetables such as onions and peppers are also used before they are topped with eggs, pomidor chighirtmasi is made with only 2 main ingredients – tomatoes and eggs. Yet, the resulting dish is absolutely amazing. Sometimes the simplest of dishes are the ones that impress our palates the most. Don’t you agree?
Typically, pomidor chighirtmasi is served as a light lunch or dinner, but oftentimes in Azerbaijan you can see it on the breakfast menu of most traditional restaurants.
How is pomidor chighirtmasi made? The process is really easy. Ripe tomatoes are coarsely chopped with skin and all (why bother, unless you are picky about the peel) and cooked until they collapse and their succulent juices release into melted butter, making a scrumptious sauce. Then the eggs are poured on top and cooked until set. A sprinkle of salt and pepper on top and your meal is ready.