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Kolokassi (A traditional Cypriot Dish)

According to my taste, this is a delicious casserole meal.  According to my father's
opinion, this is just something to fill in the stomach.  I think it is worth trying it…

Here are the ingredients and the method of preparation:

1. 1kg pork cubes
2. 1kg taro (kolokassi)
3. 5 sticks of celery, chopped
4. 2 large onions, finely chopped
5. 1 cup tomato juice
6. ½ a cup of hot water
7. Salt & pepper to taste
8. Greek Olive oil for frying
9. 1 tsp lemon juice

Preparation Method
  1. To prepare cut the ends of kolokassi and peel the skin.
  2. With a wet towel clean it. Never wash kolokasi with running water.
  3. With a sharp knife, cut across (2 cm thick) halfway then break off. Repeat to the end. Note: if slices are cut all the way across without breaking off, the vegetable will melt while cooking.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and brown the meat (8 -10 minutes).
  5. Transfer onto a dish.
  6. Gently fry the onion in olive oil until soft then add the kolokassi and celery.
  7. Fry all together for 5 - 10 minutes or until they start to change color.
  8. Add the lemon juice.
  9. Pour the tomato juice and hot water into the saucepan.
  10. Add the pork cubes and season well. Ensure the food is covered in liquid (if not add some more hot water). Cover and simmer for 1-1 ½ hour until the liquid is reduced, and the meat and kolokassi becomes tender. Serve hot.

You can serve kolokassi with radishes and Greek salad.
You can also cook kolokassi with koupepia.
My grandmother, Eftychia, always cooked these two dishes together, and believe me, it was delicious!!!!

"This recipe goes to Antonella, of Il Lupo Selvatico, who will be featuring it in Mediterranea, representing Cyprus."


  1. Efti, this is one of my favourite dishes. In Greece this root is not widely known as it is produced only on the island of Ikaria and the production is just enough for the needs of the island so we don't get it in Athens. Whenever I come to Cyprus I make sure to bring along a couple of roots.

  2. I've had taro only once and I liked it. I bet this dish is delicious!

  3. Thank you for visiting my new site. Thanks a lot for your comments!

  4. Yum. I love pork :)
    And, thank you for visiting my blog :)

    The MInuette


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