Atom Meze

Atom Meze

Atom is one of the most popular meze varieties of Turkish cuisine. It is simply made of strained yogurt, dried cayenne peppers, garlic, and butter. Atom meze is served as a starter at most Kebab restaurants with either toasted bread or lavash bread aside.

It is named Atom because it is made with the hottest peppers in Turkish cuisine. As you may know; consuming hot peppers have an appetite enhancement effect and for this reason, most restaurants offer Atom meze on their menu.

In Turkey, we are using Cayenne Peppers or in Turkish Arnavut Bibeberi type of pepper to make this meze. This pepper has a decent eatable Scoville heat level. Its Scoville heat level is between 30.000 and 50.000 and this Scoville heat level is fair enough to let you enjoy this amazing meze variety.


The Origin

Atom meze variety originates from Izmir city of Turkey. When we think about the hot mezes of Turkey, the first cities that come up to our mind are Adana city, Gaziantep city, Hatay city, and Urfa city. Those cities are located in the south and southeast part of Turkey. However; this Atom meze belongs to the Aegean part of  Turkey.

Atom Meze

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 105 kcal


  • 32 oz Strained Yogurt (Greek Yogurt)
  • 2 Clove of Garlic crushed
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 8 Dried Cayenne Pepper cube cut


  1. Put the strained yogurt /greek yogurt) to a bowl and add the crushed garlic. Then, mix them well and put yogurt and garlic mix to a serving plate.

  2. Put butter and olive oil to a frying pan and cook them until butter melt well. And then add the cube cut Dried Cayenne Peppers and cook about 1-2 minutes at medium heat.

  3. Distribute the cooked cayenne peppers on top of the yogurt evenly with a spoon. And then, add the left butter and olive oil mix on top of the cayenne peppers.

  4. Serve.

Recipe Notes

Tip: Serve with lavash bread.


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