Thursday, January 7, 2010

KooKoo - a vegetarian's perfect meal

Armenians traditionally celebrate Christmas on the Epiphany. The 5th of January is the "Eve" and the 6th is the day of.  This practice makes complete sense to me. After all, the wise men brought the gifts on the 6th, not on December 25th.

Anyways, traditionally Armenians make smoked fish and KooKoo as part of the holiday meal.

Since we don't eat fish, I just made KooKoo and rice for dinner last night. Think of it as a healthier quiche.

Ingredients ( 1 bunch = about 1 cup depending on the grocer)

1 bunch of parsley ( I used 1/2 italian, 1/2 curly)
1 bunch of cilantro
1 bunch of green onions
1 bunch of leek
1 bunch dill
6 eggs
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon flour

Directions :  Wash and dry all the herbs. Then finely chop all the herbs and place them  in a large mixing bowl. (I don't recommend using a food processor because it gets all mushy) . Next add the salt, pepper and flour. Mix it well.  In a separate bowl, whisk the 6 eggs together , then add to the herbs and mix thoroughly.

Prepare a large sautee pan by pouring just enough olive oil to coat the bottom.  Then pour the mixture into the pan on medium high and cover. When moisture collects on the lid, take it off and dry it with a paper towel. This prevents the water from dripping onto the KooKoo.

When it has firmly set and the bottom as browned cut into four quarters (this makes it easier to flip). Using two spatulas, flip each quarter and allow the other side to finish cooking.  This can be served with rice and/or plain greek yogurt.

The best part is, the entire recipe is 560 calories, making 1/8 of it ( 1 serving) only 70 calories.


  1. We've made something similar with zucchini. It was really tasty. I like the idea of all the herbs because it's one of the few things we still have in the garden.

  2. My vegetarian Cavewoman will love this! Thanks, Marina!!

  3. I've never heard of that before - it looks really interesting!

  4. never heard of Kookoo before but it sounds delicious!