Cypriot Food refers to the food of Cyprus, which is really tasty and interesting with huge variety ranging from simple bread based foods to exciting and exotic meat dishes. Cypriot cuisine is a part of Greek cuisine which is highly influenced by the modern western cuisines. The everyday diet of the people in Cyprus is increasingly affected by the fast food culture of the western cuisines.
Ingredients Commonly Used in Cypriot Cuisine
The ingredients which are frequently used in preparing Cypriot food include the following:
• Pulses like beans, peas, chick peas, lentils, and black eyed beans are used normally in preparing all kinds of Cypriot food.
• Vegetables such as green peppers, green beans, okra, artichokes, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, grape leaves, and lettuce are commonly used in preparation of Cypriot food.
• A few most common nuts and fruits include pistachio, chestnut, almond, walnut, hazelnut, pears, grapes, oranges, apples, mandarins, nectarines, blackberries, mespila, cherry, figs, strawberries, watermelon, avocado, melon, and lemon.
• The herbs and spices that are extensively used in Cypriot cuisine include pepper, parsley, celery, roka, oregano and thyme. Among various herbs mint is highly important herb in Cyprus, which is used in almost all the dishes especially in ground meat dishes.
• Coriander and cumin known as kolyandro/kolliandros and artisha are the main ingredients which help in enhancing the aroma and flavor of Cypriot food.
Popular Cypriot foods
• Kebabs, known as gyros, are very popular in Cypriot cuisine, which are prepared by grilling method. Cuts of pork, lamb, chicken or beef are stuffed into thin flatbread (known as pita picket or pide) along with parsley, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber and onions and grilled.
• Lachana is a popular Cypriot food which is a leaf (like that of spinach, but little thicker) cooked with black-eyed beans in soup/stew.
• Koupepkia are rolls of rice and meat which are popular as stuffed vine-leaves, known as Dolmades in Greece. The appeal of the dish is augmented if these rolls are cooked in rich and oily sauce. Pickled or fresh vine leaves can be used in the preparation of this Cypriot food.