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Pork in red wine with coriander seeds – Afelia – Αφέλια

10 comments May 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Meat and Poultry, Recipes

AfeliaΑφέλια – is a traditional Cypriot dish. The coriander seeds give the pork an interesting flavour, the red wine softens the meat. It can be served with rice or Bulgur. Traditionally small potatoes are deep fried and mixed with the dish.

Preparation time: 15 minutes + marinate over night
cooking time: 1,5 hours
difficulty: easy


  • 1 kilo of pork shoulder without the bone
  • 2 glas of good red wine
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 5 table spoons of coriander seeds
  • 2 bay leafs
  • some olive oil
  • salt and pepper


Remove all possible fat from the meat. Cut the meat into large cubes, then put it into a bowl. Marinate with red wine over night.

Remove the meat from the marinade and fry it in a pot with some olive oil. Add the diced garlic and the seeds. Once you can smell the garlic well add the marinade and a cup of water. Add the bay leafs and cover the pot to boil. Let it simmer on low heat for one hour. Then remove the lid to reduce the liquid for an additional 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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  1. Sounds really simple but delicious! Is there a particular cut of meat that is favoured, e.g. so would pork loin be better than belly for example?

  2. A wonderful Cypriot dish that I’ve only had served to me. Good inspiration here to make it on my own.

  3. Hello Chris! I am sure you can try it with loin. I have used shoulder for this recipe. It was nice that the meat has a compact but not too lean consistence.

  4. That stewed pork must taste really good! A nice flavor combo!



  5. I love all your ingredients here, Tobias. I even grow my own coriander. I’ve got to make this!

  6. Yummy! i haven’t had a pork stew in ages, looks and I bet tastes delicious!

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  8. Thanks for the info Tobias, will definitely give pork loin or shoulder a try :)

  9. This is a great recipe – I added some cilantro that I had sitting around to see what it would be like. With the other flavors in here I think it could take quite a bit of cilantro without being too much :)

  10. Thanks for the update Richard. I like cilantro and certainly can imagine adding some!

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