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Turmeric Fried Eggs with Tamarind Dressing

Elena Heatherwick — Extra Good Things, 2022

These are fried eggs but with a very eccentric wardrobe, thanks to the turmeric and chilli, which make them as good to eat as they are to look at. You can serve this easy, vibrant breakfast as it is, or alongside the potato rösti of Extra Good Things, as part of a brunch spread.

Serves: 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Photography: Elena Heatherwick

Season: Autumn


1 shallot, peeled and sliced into thin rounds (60g)
2 tsp lime juice
31⁄2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
200g baby spinach
1⁄2 tsp ground turmeric

4 large eggs
1 green chilli, finely sliced into rounds, seeds and all

For the tamarind dressing
30g tamarind paste
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp fish sauce
2 tsp light soft brown sugar
5g fresh coriander, roughly chopped


  1. Put the shallot, lime juice and a pinch of salt into a small bowl and use your fingers to gently massage everything together. Set aside to pickle lightly while you continue with the rest.

  2. Make the tamarind dressing by putting all the ingredients into a bowl and whisking to combine and dissolve the sugar. Add between 2–4 teaspoons of water, to loosen the mixture (this will vary according to different makes of tamarind paste).

  3. Put 1 tablespoon of oil into a large frying pan over a medium- high heat. Once hot, add the garlic and cook for 90 seconds, stirring, until fragrant and lightly coloured, then stir in the spinach and 1⁄8 teaspoon of salt and cook until wilted, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate and wipe out the pan.

  4. Add the remaining 21⁄2 tablespoons of oil plus the turmeric to the same pan, stirring to combine, and return it to a medium-high heat. Once hot but not smoking, crack in
    the eggs and quickly sprinkle the whites with the chilli slices. Season the eggs all over with a good pinch of salt and use a spatula to separate the whites so that the eggs are not joined together. Fry for 3–4 minutes, spooning some of the oil over the whites. You want the whites to be crispy around the edges and the yolk to be runny (fry them for longer if you like your eggs more cooked).

  5. When ready, use a spatula to transfer the eggs to the plate of spinach, drizzling with any extra turmeric oil in the pan. Top with the pickled shallots and then drizzle with some of the tamarind dressing, serving any remaining alongside.

Read more: Extra Good Things

There are a lot of pretty good things that come out of the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen, which is why the sequel to the first OTK cookbook came so soon after. This one is all about extra elements to add to your meals to bring an additional level of flavour. In classic Ottolenghi style, these recipes are punchy, colourful and the kind that you could easily eat all to yourself or impress your pals with. Extracted from Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things by Noor Murad and Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Press, £25) All photography by Elena Heatherwick.

— about the author

Yotam Ottolenghi is the restauranteur and chef-patron of five Ottolenghi delis, as well as the NOPI and ROVI restaurants. You might know him for his colourful, vibrant and incredibly flavourful Middle Eastern inspired dishes, and for the fluffy meringues in his deli windows. His food is the kind you’ll keep coming back from, and together with his team at the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen, they continue to produce exciting, entertaining and delicious content.

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