Acili Ezme (Turkish-Style Tomato Dip/Condiment)

“From The website indicates this sauce is used for a condiment on shish kebabs but I served it as a salsa with slices of toasted French bread. Be sure the tomatoes you use are top quality! If you cannot find good quality tomatoes, go ahead and used diced canned. Try different chili peppers such as Thai, habanero, etc. DO NOT omit the sumac as it is integral to the recipe. ;)”
1hr 10mins
2 cups

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 red onions (or a combination of both onions) or 1 white onion, very finely chopped (I used a combination of both onions)
  • 4.92 ml sumac
  • salt, to taste
  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded, finely chopped
  • 118.29 ml fresh parsley, very finely chopped (I reduced the amount from 1 cup)
  • 29.58 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 4.92 ml pomegranate syrup
  • 29.58-44.37 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 1-1 red jalapeno chiles (original recipe specified 1 teaspoon cayenne powder) or 1-1 green jalapeno pepper, finely minced (original recipe specified 1 teaspoon cayenne powder)


  1. Crush the onion with the sumac and salt using a pestle and mortar or back of a fork.
  2. Combine with the remaining ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Set aside for at least 1-3 hours for flavor to enhance. Adjust seasoning if necessary just before serving.
  4. Transfer to a pretty serving bowl or platter and serve with chips, slices of toasted French baguette (<--yum!), kebabs, pita crisps, etc.

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