Monday, March 23, 2009

Cemen (Turkish Tomato Paste Dip)

Finally! I created English version of my blog. It is going to have different content from my other blog called "Eylem's Taste" but it will include most of the same recipes where possible. I'm starting with "Cemen" recipe , because all my friends love it.
It's really easy to make it. It will just take 5 minutes to prepare but the taste is absolutely yummy!
I also recommend having English Earl Grey Tea on the side.


1 can tomato paste (6 oz.)
1/2 cup walnut
1 clove garlic
1/4 tbsp black pepper
1/4 tbsp red pepper ( if you like hot make it hot)
1/4 tbsp cumin
1/4 tbsp garlic salt
1/2 tbsp dry mint ( or fresh mint 1/4 cup)
1/2 tbsp oregano
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
1/4 cup corn oil (or vegetable oil)

Put the whole tomato paste into a bowl. And grate the walnut with the food processor, just for 5 seconds, make sure that it does not become powder. Add walnut into the paste and also all other ingredients. Grate the garlic with the granter and add it to the bowl. And mix them well with the table spoon. That's it!
It's going great with the crackers or Italian bread.