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Kagianas with basil 2

Kagianas is a traditional Greek summer dish from Arcadia where poor people would eat out of the products they had at hand.  Some tomatoes from their garden and eggs from their hens.  

This could have been their main meal served with a Greek salad and lots of crusty bread.  Nowadays it is usually served as a side dish and is ideal to accompany BBQ and grilled meat dishes.

This dish which at the Ionian islands is called strapatsada, took its name from the Italian verb strapazzare, which means to handle roughly (to beat).  In other parts of Greece is is called Kagianas or Kaikanas.

Cubed tomatoes for kagianas2

In Cyprus my mother would make a sweet version of kaikanas which we ate as a dessert but it’s nothing like this food as it resembles more like an omelet or a crepe rather than scrambled eggs.

collage Kagianas

Kagianas or Strapatsada
Preparation time: 15′
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 8 medium – ripe tomatoes
  • 8 eggs
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta


  1. Peel tomatoes and finely cut them into small pieces.
  2. Put tomatoes and olive oil in a skillet or non-stick pan and saute.
  3. Keep mixing until all juices have evaporated and become a dense sauce.
  4. Add salt, pepper, basil and oregano, feta and eggs to the mixture and mix well until the eggs are cooked.

Serve with a Greek Salad and crusty bread.

Kagianas with salad2

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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Χωρίς σχόλια on Kagianas or Strapatsada

  1. Ο/Η 'Chef' λέει:

    This sounds delicious, Ivy! We’ll be trying Tomato Omelettes this weekend.

  2. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Thanks chef, it’s easy and very tasty. Hope you’ll like it.

  3. Ο/Η Peter M λέει:

    Strapatsada is a favourite of mine. I always add crumbled feta into the omelet.

  4. [...] von Kalofagas probierte es hier aus, Lulu von Mama´s Taverna hier und Ivy von Kopiaste versuchte hier erst gar nicht, es ansehnlich festzuhalten. Lediglich Maria von Kali Orexi schaffte es hier das [...]

  5. [...] The most simple and delicious recipe to make is scrambled with eggs, also called Kagianas. [...]

  6. [...] pasto:  Omelette with mushrooms and pasto, kagianas with pasto (just like the other recipe with kagianas and tomatoes but I added pasto as well), Pasto Kagianas (scrumbled eggs with pasto), farfalle with pasto and a [...]


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