coriander seeds, black pepper and salt and then left to mature in dry red wine for 7-15 days so that the meat, spices and wine are perfectly blended. Filling the well-washed pork intestines requires skill and patience, a process that is interrupted every 15-20 cm of filled intestine for twisting in order to create the sausage sticks. The filled intestines are then left to dry under the sun for as many days as possible or smoked (Pitsilia Region) in specially designed rooms with fire of apple-wood, pinewood or any other tree of the Cyprus countryside. The whole process takes place for a period of 7-10 days, for 1-2 hours every day. Cyprus Loukanika, whether refrigerated or not, may be kept for long periods and may be consumed fried, baked, grilled, on charcoal or provided they have matured enough, raw as they have been dried from the sun.
fruit of the cardamon plant which are used as a spice in many Asian cuisines that include Thailand. In Thai cooking, the white round pod is the preferred type of cardamon seed. These hard shelled pods contain tiny black seeds and are fragrant when cooked. Cardamon is a required ingredient for the famous Southern dish Masaman Curry. Khao Buri ('city' rice), a dish adopted from ancient Arab traders, is another Thai dish which includes this aromatic spice. Cardamon must be stored in a cool dry place in a glass or metal sealed container. They are available in the spice section of most supermarkets.
coriander seeds. The maturity period takes about 15 days and is followed by a smoking process which takes another 20 days. Smoking takes place on a daily basis at a rate of 1-2 hours per day. In Cyprus, traditional smoked Lountza is usually served uncooked, sliced or cubed along with a selection of other meat and cheese delicacies. Due to its processing method, it may be preserved for long periods at ambient temperatures, in relatively cool places without losing its freshness and nutritional value. The processing method also gives a product which is low in total fat content. Morever, Lountza is made of pork filets or loins which are salted, marinated in red wine, dried in the sun, rolled in coriander seeds and finally smoked in a specially built chimney with wood from various aromatic bushes and trees. Lountza can be served cold as a snack or in sandwiches and can also be fried or grilled.