21 comments on “Making Koliva, step-by-step.

  1. Really enjoyed reading and looking through this post Anna. I love it when all the details are given so clearly. In my Catholic family community, we too have certain days when a special meal is made for someone who has recently passed away. Funny how these things spread and are practised in such far off places. Your mum looks like a right sweetheart! And I LOVE that pink plate 🙂


  2. Wow, this is such a unique dish and thank you for sharing the background of it's origins. I've also never tried to boil almonds, but now that I've seen it done, I feel braver 😉


  3. Hi Anna, do you know where I can buy the right sort of wheat apart from the Cypriot shop please – I'm in Bham too (Sutton) and never made kolifa before. Thanks Anna T


  4. Hi Anna, many thanks for your reply. I've got a kilo of wheat from K Charles and thought I'd do a practice run before the mnimosino. What your're doing is really good -I enjoyed your blog; these days I often find myself trying to replicate my late mum's recipes. Eg when she was still around I didn't cook koubebyia/dolmades much because she would always make extra for us. Similarly with galadoboureka, I've only just managed to get the filling as she did it, creamy instead of a cornflour block like the stuff you buy in shops. Best wishes, Anna T


    • I’m hoping this blog will be used by my daughters, sons and those who’ll come after, it’s such a visual way of showing someone how to make something and the next best way of showing them if you can’t physically be standing next to them.


  5. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of trying Koliva. Though it was made due to the passing of a friend’s father, I felt honored to have been asked to share it with the family and loved learning the tradition and sentiment behind it. Thank you Anna, for sharing the Greek culture and documenting your hard work on your blog. Thanks to your Mum as well.


    • Hi Randi, this has really touched me, thankyou for taking time to comment, I’m sure you are a comfort to your friend at this time in her life. xx


  6. Hello Anna I have been making kolyva this last year since the passing of my dear mother. She was from Greece but I’ve been making them the traditional Cypriot way. Almost identical to your lovely recipe. I am still struggling with the decoration part and I often ask people at church whose offerings look more impressive how they achieve their results. One lady told me she used chickpeas as you do in your recipe. However I am not sure how to prepare them inorder to cover the kolyva. Could you please help? Thanks for your wonderful blog. Best wishes Sophie


  7. Hi Sophie, Thankyou for taking time to comment. It’s much appreciated.

    Let me ask my mum what she does and get back to you xx


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