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Pork with wine and coriander seeds - Afelia

Updated: Oct 11, 2020

Afelia with salad and pilaf

This Cypriot dish of Afelia made by Mrs Amalia is different from the Greek version, as no onions are used but lots of dry crushed coriander seeds. Most of the Cypriot recipes of Afelia are made with red wine, but Mrs Amalia used to prepare it with white wine which makes the dish lighter of color but most important sweeter of taste. The aroma of this dish is unique in the Cypriot kitchen because of its dry coriander seeds. Accompanied with a Pourgouri pilaf made of crushed wheat, onion, tomato and broth.




  • 1 kg pork preferably from the belly.

  • 2-3 tablespoons of crushed coriander seeds.

  • 1 cup of good quality dry white wine.

  • some olive oil.

  • salt and pepper.

  • hot water as much as needed.



Marinate the pork in wine and coriander seeds

Cut the pork meat in large pieces, or have the butcher do this. Marinate it with the wine and crushed coriander seeds for 5-6 hours or even overnight.

Drain marinated pork

Drain the meat in a colander over a bowl as the juice will be used later.

Fry pork in frying pan

Add a little olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the meat all over until it changes its color.

Pork is browned all over

Transfer the all over browned meat to a large casserole.

Transfer the pork to a large casserole, add marinade juice

Add the juice (wine and coriander seeds marinade) to the meat and pour enough water to cover the meat, bring to the boil and simmer for about 1 hour. Towards the end season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the tender pork back to the frying pan

The meat is ready when it is very soft and almost falls apart. Transfer the meat and the leftover juice back to the frying pan and bake it on higher temperature so that the juices evaporate and the meat fries until brown and crispy.

Serve Afelia hot with a hot pilaf or mashed potatoes, pour the remaining sauce over the pilaf.

Tender pork afelia with crunchy coriander seeds


Enjoy! - Καλή όρεξη!

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