Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

Coriander – Coliandros

Greek name and pronunciation: Colianthro, κολίανδρο, pronounced koh-LEE-ahn-throh (hard th, rhymes with “dough”) At the market: Coriander seeds are available in sealed packs. Pour-and-shake containers of ground coriander are sometimes available, but it is recommended to buy the seeds and grind them yourself. Physical characteristics: When these rounded seeds are crushed with a mortar and […]

What Did the Ancient Greeks Eat

Question: What Did the Ancient Greeks Eat? Answer:The foods of ancient Greece were similar to foods we eat today, but did not include many that have become important parts of modern Greek cooking. For example, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and bananas didn’t arrive in Greece until after the discovery of the Americas in the 15th century, because […]

Pepper – Piperi

Greek name and pronunciation: Piperi, πιπέρι, pronounced pee-PEH-ree At the market: Black and white peppercorns and ground pepper are usually readily available at the market. Green peppercorns, packed in brine or freeze-dried, are generally available as well. Physical characteristics: Pepper is a vine that produces clusters of berries which look like a foot-long length of […]

Mustard Powder – Moustarda skoni

Greek name and pronunciation: moustartha skoni, μουστάρδα σκόνη, pronounced moo-STAR-thah skoh-nee At the market: Powdered mustard is usually available in small sprinkle-pour spice containers. Physical characteristics: When first milled or ground, mustard flour looks and tastes as bland and white as cornstarch. Ground mustard has no aroma or flavor until liquid is added. In powdered […]

Curry – Kari

Greek name and pronunciation: Kari, κάρι, pronounced KAH-ree At the market: Curry powder is available in small resealable containers. Curry leaves are available only in countries in which the curry tree grows. Fresh curry leaves quickly lose their fragrance after harvesting, and for that reason are not suitable for long-distance transportation and international marketing. Physical […]

Greek Spices

Allspice – Bahari Anise – Glikanisos Cardamom – Kardamo Cinnamon – Kanela Cloves – Garifalo Coriander – Coliandros Cumin – Kymino Curry – Kari Ginger – Piperoriza Hot Peppers – Kafteres piperies Mahlab – Mahlepi Mastic – Mastiha Mustard Powder – Moustarda skoni Pepper – Piperi Saffron – Safora or Safrani Sumac – Soumaki Vanilla – Vanilia    

Marinated Mixed Vegetable Salad

In Greek: λαχανικά μαρινάτα, pronounced lah-hah-nee-KAH mah-ree-NAH-tah This dish requires at least 4 hours in the fridge before serving, so plan ahead – but preparation time is minimal. It’s a delightful selection of tastes and uses regular celery instead of wild celery, which is used in most Greek recipes. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes […]