This recipe is by local foodie celebrity, Sonia Cabano, whom I’ve known since our school days in Bloemfontein.  The dish is perfect for our national health initiative, Meatless Mondays.



Tuskish Eggs with spicy tomato sauce, lemony sumac yoghurt and toasted pittas


Serves 2 or 4 for brunch


2 T olive oil

1 t ground fennel

1/2 t ground cumin (toasted if possible)

1/4 t black mustard seeds

1/2 t dried chilli flakes

1 small onion, finely diced

1 heaped t grated fresh ginger

2 t crushed garlic

1 red pepper, deseeded and finely diced

1 can chopped tomatoes in juice

4 jumbo free-range eggs

chopped fresh parsley or coriander to garnish

Sumac yoghurt:


1 cup low-fat plain live yoghurt

1 1/2 t sumac

1 t crushed garlic


juice of half a lemon or lime

2 T olive oil

pitta bread


1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed frying pan and fry spices and chilli for 3 minutes or until aromatic.

2. Tip in the onion, ginger, garlic and red pepper, and cook gently for 5 -6 minutes until the onion is translucent. Take care not let the spices scorch; turn the heat to medium if necessary.

3. Add the tomatoes, stir very well and let simmer for five minutes until thickened slightly. Season well with salt and pepper.

4. Make four hollows in the sauce with the back of a wooden spoon and careful break one egg into each hollow. Cover with a lid and let steam for 5 -6 minutes until the eggs are just set.

Meanwhile, whisk together all the ingredients for the yoghurt and keep cold. Toast the pittas and when the eggs are set, serve straightaway.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Madmom says:

    This looks really delicious!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your daughter may like it, Madmom?

  2. slpmartin says:

    Indeed looks like a very tasty meal…thanks for the post.

  3. adeeyoyo says:

    Something a little different – sounds nice… yum!

  4. Naomi says:

    Yumm – think I should take a leaf out of your Meatless Monday book!

  5. souldipper says:

    This primarily vegetarian Canadian gives a big thank you. Not only for Sonia’s fabulous recipe that contains so many things I love, but also because I found two other recipes I’d forgotten about when I went to save it!

  6. buttercup600 says:

    I want some…what a great idea!! Thanks Sonia and Cin xxxxx

  7. Lyndatjie says:

    Hey – its veggie!!!!!!!!! I MUST try this – I just hope I don’t burn down the kitchen while I’m trying.

  8. Jamie Dedes says:

    Yes! Yes! I do eggs this way. Use zatar (which includes sumac) though, not just sumac. It’s what my grandmotehr always used.

    Lovely and lovely photo. And eggs are always and ever a cheap source of protein. Good job … and thank you! Nice to meet your local celeb! 🙂

    We have a meatless Monday initiative here in U.S. as well. Not sure how well it’s doing.

  9. Colleen says:

    Ooooooh this I like… salivary glands are working overtime. Love tarty sumac. My friend Nina attended Sonia’s book launch at the Book shop in Kalk Bay earlier this evening! Thank you Sonia for sharing your recipe with us all. xx

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