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In the Greek language there is only one word for pumpkins, squash or courgettes (zucchini) and the word is «kolokythi or kolokytha».   Kolokotes, therefore are traditional Cypriot pastries, similar to calzone, empanadas, boureki or pies as we call them, made with squash and are neither sweat or salty.   They are vegan and perfect for Lent and can be eaten any time of the day.

Perfect for breakfast or as a snack with a soda or as a snack in the evening with a glass of wine.    Any way you try them they are delicious.


The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste as well as in my e-cookbook, sold on all Amazon stores.

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The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiasteas well as in Volume 2 of my e-cookbook, sold on all Amazon stores.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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Χωρίς σχόλια on Kolokotes (Cypriot Squash Turnovers)

  1. Ο/Η Anonymous λέει:

    i never heard of using fennel or dill in it..but i may try:)

  2. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Fennel gives it such a nice taste. However, if I can’t find fennel I use dill. Thanks for commenting. Happy New Year.

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  9. Ο/Η eva λέει:

    Hi Ivy! i want to make kolokotes but cant see your recipe here! please direct me! many thanks ! all the best! eva

  10. Ο/Η claudia λέει:

    Very smart to draw an auidience with a cookbook to attain the recipe… these are a perfect example of heritages why you shouldnt give it away free… they are lovely and I am sure by the way they look they must taste fabulous… congrats on your cookbook and much luck in your success…. Claudia
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