Skip to main content


Vegetarian or Vegan - Similarities and Differences

The two diets, vegetarian and vegan, are quite similar in nature but also have some notable differences.  Vegetarian recipes typically consist of plant-based ingredients like grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts.  On the other hand, vegan recipes eliminate all animal products – including dairy and eggs. Without access to these nutrition sources, it can be more challenging to create a balanced meal plan as a vegan dieter. However, many substitutes can be made which make delicious dishes while still being mindful of dietary restrictions. The primary difference between vegetarian and vegan recipes is the lack of animal-based ingredients.  Vegetarians may include dairy and eggs in their meal, while vegans typically do not.  Vegetarian diets are often easier to follow as some ingredients such as cheese and honey can serve as "filler" foods for those who find it difficult to get enough nutrients from a restrictive diet.  Additionally, vegetarians are more likely to find

Koupes (Wheat bulgur filled with ground pork meat)

Koupes can be a starter, a main dish, or a side dish. When I was little koupes was a street food, but nowadays koupes are usually a treat we offer to our guests at birthday or cocktail parties.

In my family koupes are considered a number one finger food so I decided that it was time I learn how to make them.

My first attempt was quite a success considering the fact that I do not have a machine to form the dough, which would make my attempt much easier.

Anyway, if you ever find yourselves in Cyprus ask for koupes. You will never forget this flavor…

This recipe is dedicated to my friend Ivy and the “Creative Concoctions #4”, an event which is held in Kopiaste.. to Greek Hospitality.

Below you can find all relevant information on how to prepare this super treat!

Koupes (Wheat bulgur filled with ground pork meat)

Dough Ingredients
4 cups of fine bulgur
4 cups of water
4 tablespoons of Greek extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
Salt, pepper, and cinnamon (to taste)
1 small onion (chopped)

Filling Ingredients
600gr ground pork
4 cups onions (finely chopped)
¾ cup Greek extra virgin olive oil
2 cups parsley (finely chopped)
Salt, pepper, and cinnamon (to taste)
Oil for frying (Good quality)

Preparation Method
You can find koupes preparation details to Ivy’s blog “Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water”. She has a slightly different recipe than mine but the preparation method is the same.

I will only give you the details about the dough preparation.

1) Boil the water with olive oil and the chopped onions.
2) Add the bulgur, salt, pepper, and cinnamon to taste. Mix well.
3) Allow to cool completely and refrigerate overnight.
4) The next day add the flour and incorporate well. If the mixture is too stiff add a bit of water. The dough should be sticky.

I used the backside of a wooden spoon in order to make the hole, in the dough, in which I put the filling. You can do it with your finger as Ivy suggests, or by using a machine, which by the way is the easiest method.

I hope you manage to succeed in making koupes because I am sure you, your family and friends will be thrilled with the result.
Good luck…!


  1. Gosh, these koupes look sensational. Thanks for sharing the recipe, since my first reaction was to change our holiday to Cyprus this year, just to taste them!

  2. I have never heard of Koupes before, but they look wonderful! Thanks!

  3. I've never heard of these before, but they sound like something I would really enjoy!

    Thanks for following my blog!

  4. Never heard of koupes before,they look amazing!I am your newest follower,dear!You have a lovely blog!If you want,drop by my blog ( to get a taste of greek cuisine!Πολλά φιλιά από Ελλάδα:))

  5. I've seen a TV program this. But I forgot the recipe. The program title was My Greek kitchen.
    It looks delicious.

  6. These look fantastic! I've never heard of them before. Perhaps one of these days we'll cook-up some dishes from Cyprus and I know these will make the list!

  7. Eftychia thanks a lot for the link-love :) Now I feel like making koupes again as soon as my husband gets well again.

  8. they look super crispy.. i might use chicken instead :)

    USe of bulgar wheat is so new to me..

    New to your space and Happy to follow u :)

    Do visit mine as time permits

  9. Thanks a lot for the recipe - we're dying after ethnic foods of all backgrounds, but Mediterranean and Greek foods are a delight especially :)

  10. These look really delicious! I love recipes which call for the addition of cinnamon to the meat. And I love that they can be an appetizer or a meal. Yum! : )

  11. I would never have thought to use bulgar in this way, what a fab idea!

  12. Oh, these look good! I've never heard or imagined of such a dish, but I'd love to visit Cyprus and sample these yummy fritters...or maybe I'll just have to make my own :)

  13. Beautiful job. Sometimes I see a finger food I know I would want the lions share of...this definitely falls in that category. ;)

  14. Wow look very crispy and yummy. This will definitely will get a lot of attention if served as a finger food on an afternoon tea party. GHood job Efty.

  15. looks they are perfectly done :).....
    i thnk my hubby will love them....

  16. Oh my goodness, do those look good. I've never heard of these but I would love to try them!

  17. yum. I love food like this but not having a deep fryer, I shy away from doing deep fried anything. Thanks for sharing a little morsel of Cyprus.

  18. I've never had koupes ... but I totally want to try to make them (w/veggie meat :D). Yours look delicious!

  19. These really look delicious. I know I would love them. Now all I need is time to experiment with them. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  20. never had an exterior like this...but it looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. This looks fantastic and very much like our stuffed bulgur kofte. We stuff it with ground beef and walnut mixture. And I know it's not very easy to make its dough. Great job!

  22. Amazing... I will give it a try, thanks for sharing

  23. These look delicious. I'm going to have to give them a try.

  24. Whoa... was scrolling through your posts and saw koupes. I love learning about new foods :) These look awesome!

  25. Hello, i believe that i noticed you visited my website thus i came to
    go back the want?.I am trying to in finding issues to improve my website!I guess its adequate to make
    use of a few of your ideas!!

  26. Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you
    will be a great author. I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and will come back down the road.
    I want to encourage one to continue your great job, have a nice evening!

  27. This is my first time pay a quick visit at here and i am truly happy to read all at single place.

  28. This is really interesting, You are a very skilled blogger.
    I have joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your excellent post.
    Also, I've shared your web site in my social networks!


Post a Comment

Thank you for visiting my blog. Your opinion is very important to me...!

Popular Posts