CORFU SPECIALITY: Manestra collu pimpiri

manestra collu pimpiri

The Corfiot manestra, with the strange name of collu pimpiri (meaning red/hot pepper), is a wonderful simple food that will warm you up in the most delicious way!

Just like much of Corfu’s food, collu pimpiri is heavily influenced by the Venetians.

Collu pimpiri

Servings: 4

Preparation time: 5′

Cooking time: 25′

Ready in: 30′


350 gr. manestra
2 peeled tomatoes
2 dried onions
1 large carrot
2-3 sprigs of celery
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon red sweet pepper
1 cinnamon stick optional
Olive oil


1) Coarsely chop the onions, carrot into cubes and celery into small pieces.
In a large saucepan, sauté the vegetables in enough olive oil until they wither.

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2) Add the red pepper, sugar, cinnamon, chopped tomatoes, salt and about 1000 ml. hot water. Once it gets a good boil, add the manestra.

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3) Serve with kefalotyri if you want or lemon, but having it plain is a miracle too!

Manestra from Corfu |

READ MORE: Traditional Giouvetsi recipe.