Vegetable pancakes are a specialty of Greek cuisine. The multitude of vegetables available at any time of the year provokes even the ingenious use of them. Tomatokeftedes, or tomato pies, is the recipe that proves this theory. This dish is popular on the Cyclades and in the traditional cuisine of Syros, Andros, Tinos or Santorini. The most characteristic taste of tomatokeftedes is reached by the inhabitants of the latter island due to the specific taste of small tomatoes growing there. Volcanic substrate, strong sunlight and lack of access to groundwater make their taste very characteristic and intense. In the Polish conditions, the best come out of oblong tomatoes, which have little juice and a lot of flesh.
Depending on the island, this recipe is slightly different. There are versions with the addition of garlic, dill, oregano, or cinnamon. We offer a version with a fresh taste, which pancakes owe a large addition of mint. The plain Greek yogurt is their perfect complement.
1. Tomatoes should be wiped off with a coarse-grained grater, discarding the skin. We start draining the tomatoes from excess water, but keep this juice in case the dough requires thinning.
2. Chop the onions very finely or grate them and add them to the tomatoes. Then add the chopped parsley, mint, salt and pepper.
3. Now gradually add flour and mix. The dough should have a dough-like consistency for potato pancakes. The amount of flour depends on whether the tomatoes have more flesh or more juice. Certainly, it is not worth overdoing it because the pancakes will become slightly rubbery. However, if you add it too few cakes will not fry.
4. Warm up the oil on a large heavy pan and then with a large spoon put the portions of dough .. Pancakes fried in a pan on both sides of the golden color. After frying, drain off excess fat on paper towels.
Today, we offer aubergines stewed with a sauce with this addition. Instead of xinochondros you can possibly add equally popular trahanas, but in our opinion then the dish gets too bland and requires stronger seasoning. In our opinion, Xinochondros fits much more into this dish. Both xinochondros and trahanas can of course be bought in Crete in typical grocery stores.
Recently, we served a recipe for a spicy pumpkin pie baked in a sweet version. This, of course, is not the only way to prepare this universal vegetable. Greeks often also prepare a pumpkin roasted in filo, but with the addition of cheeses, on the salty.
The popular vegetable in Crete is okra, which can often be found in local greengrocers. This very healthy and low-calorie vegetable is unfortunately virtually unheard of in Poland. If you would like to try it, it's worth doing it while in Crete. Just look for one of the local taverns, which serves dishes prepared on the basis of okra. Of course, you can also prepare it yourself, for example based on the following recipe.