Real Koupes

We had arranged to have dinner with friends at their house and I agreed to make something Cypriot, so I decided Koupes would be worthwhile testing on us. Our friends really loved them served as an appetiser with lots of lemon juice and so there were none to take home. I made more for us the very next day.

The Italians do a snack called aranacini. The Greeks do a similar snack called Koupes using cracked wheat instead of rice. Mum would make this during lent when we were supposed to avoid meat and she used a cooked mushroom filling.

3 cups water
2 cups cracked wheat
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 cup plain flour
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

  1. Soak the wheat in water and let it sit for 2 hours.
  2. The mix all the ingredients together. I added oregano, salt and some curry powder to the wheat mix.
  3. Make the mixture into balls and fill each ball with any mince filling or a cooked mushroom filling.
  4. Deep fry or bake the balls until brown and serve with lemon!
  5. You’ll get about 12 hand sized Koupes with this recipe. 
As you can see, I shallow fried these and kept turned them with two forks.

 Because of the oil, I drained these twice before serving them.

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