Koupes is a street food we find in Cyprus and one of the most usual place to find them was on Sunday mornings outside the Church yards.u00c2u00a0 I am not sure if you can still find them outside churches but I know that they are now sold in supermarkets or in confectioneries.

Koupes are served as au00c2u00a0 mezes as we call it in Greek or a snack, which is usually eaten by the hand. Its crust is made of bulgur wheat, flour, oil, salt and egg (optional) and stuffed with ground meat, lots of onions, parsley and spices.u00c2u00a0 Actually the ones sold by stree vendors were mostly with lots of onions and parsley and less minced meat.

I have tried several times to make them and this was my third attempt. The first was a total disaster and the second although they tasted good, they lacked appearance as they cracked during frying. After a few attemps I finally managed to make them.

In Cyprus you can find two kinds of bulgur wheat. One is for pilaf and the other one which is much thinner is only for koupes. I brought some with me, as the bulgur wheat I find in Greece is not very fine but next time I shall attempt and grind it in the spice grinder and make it like semolina and see how it works.


You will find the recipe here.

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  1. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Laurie Constantino u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    This is a very common Arabic dish called kibbeh, kibbe, kubbah, kubbat, kofta, kofte, kufte. It is made all over the middle east, Armenians and Turks also make it a lot. As you say, it is difficult to make the thin shell hold together. I’ve often made a similar recipe as it is quite a tasty dish, though kind of a pain to make. Fine bulgur (size #1) is what you need to make this. I don’t know about putting larger bulgur in the spice grinder to make it like semolina – I think that would be too fine for kibbeh. But good luck if you decide to try it!

  2. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 eva u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Hi Ivy,
    finaly i found recipe that i think will work..ihave a book in which they use only wheat without flour or egg..and no wonder the coupes never stayed together when i fried them..i shall try this very soon…thanks for posting

  3. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Ivy u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Eva, don’t forget to wet your hands. I think that it is more important than the flour and the egg.

  4. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Fussili ala Cipriota u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    [...] of my favourite Cypriot panigyri sweets:u00c2u00a0 loukoumades, shiamishi, pompes, pischies and koupes.u00c2u00a0 You will find the recipes of all these in the links given except for pompes.u00c2u00a0 Pompes,u00c2u00a0 are [...]

  5. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Koupes with Mushrooms u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    [...] have posted about koupes last month and you can see the original recipe here. The recipe for the dough is exactly the same. However, as the Orthodox have big lenten periods, [...]

  6. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Afelia with mushrooms and bulgur pilaf with vermicelli u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    [...] is the type we use in the pilaf or finely ground, which is the one we use to make koupes, with meat or vegetarian,u00c2u00a0 which are savory [...]

  7. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 mike u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I can't read the recipe, but we add an egg in the bulgar wheat. That keeps the koupes from opening up when they are getting fried.

  8. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Nell Frary u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I bought these from a market stall at Larnaka market they were made by an old lady useing a family recipe they were the best thing i have ever tasted !!!

  9. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 pancoaches u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    the best koupes i have had was from my grandmother.. she raised the bar so high that no one so fur seems to get even close.yours look nice too..
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