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Arakas Laderos: A Traditional Greek Green Peas Recipe

Arakas laderos (or latheros) is a traditional green pea’s dish. In Greek, arakas laderos (αρακάς λαδερός) literally means oiled peas. Arakas laderos is a mouthwatering ladera recipe. Ladera is the name of vegetable Greek food dishes cooked with olive oil.

Even though green peas are low in fat, they are high in everything else. Hence, a cup of peas may have less than 100 calories but it is full of protein, fiber, and micronutrients. Moreover, peas are a reliable source of omega-3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). One cup of green peas contains almost 30 milligrams of ALA!




In addition to that, peas also include sizable amounts of beta-carotene and valuable amounts of vitamin E. Just one cup of peas contain 44% of our daily vitamin K requirement. This helps to anchor calcium inside our bones. Pea’s B vitamins also prevent osteoporosis. And these are just a few of green pea’s health benefits! The combination of green peas and Greek olive oil benefits makes this arakas laderos recipe a favorite healthy vegetarian recipe.

So, coming back to this Greek pea’s recipe! I enjoy this dish with feta cheese or baked meat (chicken or pork). This arakas laderos recipe is for 6 persons.

Arakas Laderos

 

Arakas Laderos – Ingredients

  • Frozen garden peas (1  1/2 kg)
  • 3/4 cup of Greek olive oil
  • 400 g of tin chopped tomatoes
  • 3-4 spring onions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 big potato (optional)
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Pepper

 

Arakas Laderos – Instructions

  1. Start this arakas latheros recipe by taking a large saucepan and adding some oil.
  2. Add chopped onions. Sauté them over medium heat.
  3. Add the peas. Turn them around 2 to 3 times.
  4. Add the tomato sauce, dill, chopped potato (optional), carrot, some water, salt, and pepper.
  5. Stir the ingredients well.
  6. Partially cover the saucepan.
  7. Taste in order to add more salt if needed. Add to taste.
  8. Cook for around 30 minutes, until peas, potato and carrot are soft and water is evaporated.
  9. Serve.

If you liked this arakas laderos recipe, check out my blog for more traditional Greek recipes. Enjoy!

Sources

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