Kolokythakia tiganita- Greek fried zucchini

Greek fried zucchini

Kolokythakia tiganita, also known as Greek fried zucchini, is a popular traditional Greek dish that features thinly sliced zucchini pieces dipped in a flavorful batter and fried until crispy. It is a beloved appetizer or side dish that showcases the fresh flavours of zucchini while providing a delightful crunch.

To prepare kolokythakia tiganita, the zucchini is typically sliced into thin rounds or long strips. The slices are then lightly salted and left to sit briefly to remove excess moisture. This step helps prevent the zucchini from becoming soggy during frying.

Next, a simple batter combines flour, water or sparkling water, salt, and sometimes additional seasonings like herbs or spices. The zucchini slices are individually coated in the batter, ensuring that each piece is evenly covered.

Crispy zucchini chips
Crispy zucchini chips

You can eat these zucchini chips on their own. Otherwise, drizzle with fresh lemon or dip them into some tzatziki.

Ingredients →

- 6 x zucchini, sliced very fine

- 1.5 x cups plain flour

- salt & pepper to taste

- 1 x cup olive oil for frying

Directions →

- Lightly salt zucchini slices and set aside.

- Place flour in a large plastic bag and add pepper and zucchini. Seal the bag shut.

- Shake the bag for a minute or so till flour completely covers all zucchini slices.

- Add oil to the frying pan and allow to heat.

- Working in small batches, place zucchini slices in hot oil and lightly fry until golden brown on each side.

- Place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.

- Place on a serving platter and serve while hot.

Kolokythakia tiganita are often served as part of a meze platter alongside other small dishes and dips. They can be enjoyed as a standalone appetizer or paired with tzatziki sauce, a creamy yogurt-based dip infused with garlic, cucumber, and herbs. The cool and tangy tzatziki provides a refreshing contrast to the hot and crispy zucchini.

This classic Greek dish is particularly popular in summer when zucchini is abundant and at its peak freshness. It showcases Mediterranean flavours and highlights the simplicity and versatility of Greek cuisine.

Kolokythakia tiganita is a delicious way to enjoy the natural flavours of zucchini in a fried and crispy form. Whether as a starter, a side dish, or a tasty snack, these fried zucchini slices offer a delightful combination of textures and flavours that are sure to satisfy your palate.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.

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