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.
Spanakorizo is a very classic vegetarian dish of Greek cuisine. Rice combined with spinach and lemon juice is a simple and healthy dish, which is worth preparing when fresh spinach is available. It can be served as an appetizer or an independent dish. Spanakorizo is also worth sprinkling with crumbled feta cheese.
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.
When you ask a local resident in Greece what a delicious dish you can do with green peas, the answer probably will be: Αράκας Λαδερος! This dish from the first moment has also become one of our favorites. At the outset, it is worth noting that to prepare it you do not need many products and time-consuming preparations. In addition to fresh or frozen peas, only onions, carrots, potatoes, good home-made tomato puree (or fresh tomatoes) and dill will be necessary.