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.
Although the recipe for kolokithokeftedes has been on our site for a long time, we decided to publish the second version of the recipe. Kolokithokeftedes in this way we ate recently with our Cretan friends. Pancakes prepared in this way have tasted us so much that we asked for a way of preparing :)
We will not cheat you. Imam Bayildi is not a diet and it should not be like that. A large amount of oil is needed here to produce a delicious sauce, in which the eggplant will almost swim. We also ate such a delicious "floating" Imam in Matala, Crete, and he was the prototype for our recipe.
Recently, we managed to buy an okra, which in Crete is a very popular and cheap vegetable. In Poland, in a fresh form, we met her for the first time and unfortunately her price was much higher than the one we pay in Greece. Ok, this time we cooked in the oven with a large amount of olive oil and tomato sauce. We put a recipe in case someone from you also bought an okra and did not know what to do with it ;-)