Stay Home Make delicious Kolokasi at home, with chef Marilena Joannides (video)

Make delicious Kolokasi at home, with chef Marilena Joannides (video)

Cypriot chef Marilena Joannides has shared her delicious recipe for Kolokasi (taro root) as part of online project HomeWithEU of the EU delegation to the US, a campaign that features one cultural activity native to each EU Member State that can be enjoyed while social distancing.

Follow the instructions below as shared by Marilena, and bon appétit!

The traditional cuisine of Cyprus is a treasure of healthy nutritional choices! Pure and seasonal ingredients are prepared using simple processing methods, with the addition of herbs and spices, always with a good sense of measure.

Kolokasi (taro root) is typical of Cyprus. Its vegan version is a flavoursome dish usually served during Greek Orthodox fasting periods. It may also be cooked with pork or chicken and/or koupepia (stuffed vine or chard leaves) as a festive and celebration meal. Follow the instructions of celebrated chef Marilena Joannides below to make it!

 

Ingredients:

1kg kolokasi (taro root)
50g olive oil
1 big onion, chopped
4 celery stalks
1 bitter orange or ½ lemon (juice)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt and pepper

Instructions:

Peel the taro root without washing it and break into pieces, using a knife.

In a casserole, lightly fry the onion. Add kolokasi and celery (chopped) and fry for 2-3’. Dissolve the tomato paste in 500g hot water and stir in. Season with salt and pepper. Semi-cover the casserole and cook over medium to low heat for 20’. Add the bitter orange or lemon juice and cook for 10’ more, till the taro is tender and the sauce has thickened. Serve warm or cold. It may also be prepared without the tomato paste.

Top Stories

181 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday

The Health Ministry announced 181 new COVID-19 cases on 27 October, out of 3,589 laboratory tests, taking confirmed infections to 3,817. The break-down of new...

President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader to hold first informal meeting next Tuesday

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar will hold their first informal meeting on the 3rd of...

FM: Turkey’s actions not conducive to Guterres’ efforts over Cyprus

Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said on Tuesday that Turkey’s illegal actions undermine peace and stability in the region and are not conducive to...

State Health Services Organization confirms hiring of nurses

The State Health Services Organization confirmed today to the nurses’ trade unions that the decision for the hiring of new nurses to man Hospitals...

200,000 rapid COVID-19 tests ordered

The Health Ministry announced that 200,000 antigen rapid COVID-19 tests have been ordered within the framework of the measures taken to manage the new...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

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...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...