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Fried pumpkin (Kolokytha tiganita) Byzantine Recipe


  • 1/2 kg pumpkin or orange “Winter” squash
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • olive oil for frying


  • Remove seeds and “stringly” part from the center of the squash.
  • Cut the flesh into small pieces 3×4 cm.
  • Mix the flour with the salt and coriander and dredge the pieces of pumpkin in the mixture.
  • Shake off excess and fry in hot olive oil until lightly browned.
  • Drain on paper towels and serve hot with the roast suckling pig above.


  • Pumpkin and orange squash came from the New World long after the downfall of the Byzantine Empire.
  • The Byzantines may have fried pieces of some type of gourd (kolokytha) which was definitely not as tasty as pumpkin.

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