‘Spicy Ezme’ is the harmonization of mashed tomatoes, long green peppers, red peppers, and other delicious ingredients. ‘Spicy Ezme’ served as a starter at Kebab restaurants with either toasted bread or pita aside.
A prefect ‘Spicy Ezme’ can only made with top quality tomatoes and spices so that you have the best flavor. Also you need to chop all the tomatoes with knife not in a food processor; otherwise it gets too juicy and looks like a tomato juice. ‘Spicy Ezme’ is a treat that nobody can resist at any Kebab Restaurant in Turkey. You cannot imagine a Kebab Restaurant that doesn’t serve ‘Spicy Meze’ as a starter.
The Story of Spicy Ezme.
In Turkey, we always try to reach the best taste so from start to finish we pay attention to the quality of the ingredients we use. In Turkey, best spices are produced at the south east region and for this reason; the best ‘Spicy Ezmes’ are made at south part of Turkey. Gaziantep, Adana and Urfa cities are the most famous Turkish cities that you can find the best quality ‘spicy ezme’ at. These 3 cities are the only pcities that their names are actually Kebab names. So if you want to taste the best ‘Spicy Meze’, you should definitely visit one of these 3 cities.
If you ask me which one would you go? Frankly speaking, I would visit all 3 of them because they are not far from each other. The tastes of the foods that you eat at these cities are seriously special. I don’t know why the food is so tasty at there. I have visited almost all the cities in Turkey and for food vacation I would pick these 3. Here is the perfect recipe of Spicy Meze that I learn from one of my best friend who is running a restaurant in Adana City.
- 4 tomatoes
- 3 long green spicy pepper
- 3 clove garlic
- 2 onion
- 1/2 bunch parsley
- 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 4 tbsp olive oil extra vigin
- 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
- 2 teaspoon red pepper paste
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 pinch dried mint
- 1 teaspoon salt
Chop peeled tomatoes, onions, garlic cloves, long green spicy peppers and parsley as finely as you can.
Mix them in suitable bowl.
Blend pomegranate molasses, extra virgin olive, lemon juice, oil and red pepper paste until smooth. Add this mixture to the bowl.
Add salt and red pepper flakes and mix well.
Chill it about 10 minutes in refrigerator and serve.
Tip: Always proceed by tasting to decide the sour level.