Local Food

Cyprus traditional Breakfast

This is what Cypriots used to eat daily for breakfast. Today, it is not something you would eat on a daily basis, but more...

Crushed wheat pilaf with sausages and halloumi

Ingredients: 1 cup bulgar wheat ¼ of the cup vermicelli noodles or spaghetti, broken into small pieces 1 onion 2 sausages 1 cup tomato juice 1 vegetable stock cube 1/3 ts...

Homemade Pork Gyros 

Ingredients: pork tenderloin, cut into strips (800gr) 2 tbsps of olive oil 1 glove of garlic, chopped 1 grated onion 1 tbsp mustard (mild) 1 tb cumin ½ tb mixed spices 1...

Bamia (Okra) with tomato sauce

Bamia is a vegetarian dish made with summer okra, tomatoes, onions, olive oil and seasonings. It is healthy and light and can be served hot...

A Trio of Fishy Dishes

Crab Salad (Kavourosalata) (Makes enough for 1 serving bowl) 3 dressed crabs (white and brown meat) 1 very finely chopped onion 1 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley Olive...

Traditional Bread

Ingredients: (Serves 2-3) 1 kg village flour 130g fresh yeast dough (prozymi) or 1 tbsp dried yeast ¼ tsp Salt Lukewarm water (enough to make a soft dough) Pinch cinnamon...

Eggs with Vegetables

A variety of veggies combined with eggs make a great end to the day. Ingredients: (Serves 4) Vegetable of your choice (i.e. wild asparagus, wild greens, spinach or chopped spring onion) 4-6...

Cuttlefish in Wine

Slow cooked cuttlefish in red wine is a fantastic recipe which uses many ingredients that you will find in your store cupboard. Ingredients: (Serves 4) 1 kg...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Agriculture Products of Spilia / Kourdali

1. “Karydaki” – walnuts The famous agricultural product of Spilia-Kourdali are the walnuts. The two rivers of the community are full with old and new...

Veal Stew Recipe (Stifado)

Ingredients -1 -1 1/4-pound veal, trimmed and cubed -1 kg shallots or small onions -4 tablespoons olive oil -1/2 cup red wine -1/3 cup vinegar -1 cup trimmed fresh...

Keftedes (greek meat balls)

Keftedes are Cypriot meatballs, traditionally made with ground pork, grated potato, onion, parsley, mint, cinnamon, egg and breadcrumbs, for a very tasty, deep-fried finger...

Pastelli (Carob Toffee)

The nutritional sweet of Pastelli is made with the syrup of carob pods, produced by boiling their pulp until it forms a thick, sticky...

Zaladina

Zalatin was a homemade food made by the housewives from the pig's head, ears, tongue, eyes and jaws! Zaladina is a gelatine and pork dish...

13 traditional Cypriot dishes you need to try

Toumatsia “Toumatsia” is a type of handmade spaghetti which one encounters in the area, the making of which has been passed down from generation to...

Sheftalies

Sheftalies, a very tasty dish from the charcoal grill, are minced meat shaped into small sausages and wrapped in “panna” (suet). Panna is a...

Souvlakia

Pork souvlaki: Put the meat and all the other ingredients in a bowl (not metal) and mix well. Cover the bowl and keep in...

Trachanas Soup (Cracked Wheat)

Ingredients: (Serves 4) 1 cup Trachana (cracked wheat in soured milk) 8 cups water or stock Halloumi cheese Salt (optional, as Trachanas is usually already salted) Freshly ground black pepper Preparation: Soak...

Tsamarella

Tsamarella is a dish of goat meat that is considered to be a delicacy as part of the meze meal. Large pieces of fatty goat...

Loukanika / Pastourma

The traditional, spicy village sausages known as Loukanika and Pastourma are both cured in a similar fashion and both contain red dry wine, salt,...

Resi

Traditional dishes do not get more customary than the goat or lamb dish of Resi, which is specially linked with village weddings and certain...

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Taste

Octopus ‘Kathisto’ (or Octopus braised in Wine)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped fine 1 large octopus, about 2kg (cleaned and kept whole) 3/4 cup dry red wine 1/3 cup...

Homemade lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup lemon juice 1 cup sugar Method: Thoroughly wash the lemons with soap and warm water. Roll each lemon with the palm of your hand, pressing...

‘Striftaria’ mini cheese pies

Ingredients 1 ½ cup milk 2 tbsps. flour 4 tsps. of butter 3 eggs, slightly beaten + 1 extra with 1 tbs. of milk for spreading 1 pack of...

Mini potato canapes baked on salt

Ingredients Serves: 12 1kg small Cypriot potatoes rock salt, as needed 250g salted butter 300ml full fat cremé frâiche 1 pot cod or salmon roe Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min Take...