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Greek Fakes Recipe: A Traditional Greek Lentil Soup

This traditional Greek lentil soup is a must try for every family. Greek Orthodox usually eat fakes on Wednesdays and Fridays as it is their religious tradition not to eat meat on these days. As a result, fakes soupa (φακές σούπα, the Greek words for lentil soup) is one of the most popular soups. Being no exception to the rule, my mother used to make this Greek fakes recipe once a week.

However, you don’t have to be an Orthodox to add this authentic Greek lentil soup to your family’s weekly meals as lentils are a powerhouse of nutrition! In more details, they are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K. Moreover, lentils are also particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate, and iron. Consequently, eating this authentic Greek lentil soup on a regular basis is really good for your health and a must-eat meal for every vegetarian.

To make this Greek lentil soup recipe you need the following ingredients: dry lentils, olive oil, tomato paste, garlic cloves, onion, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Fakes soup is traditionally served with the addition of some vinegar. Although this is optional, this adds a great flavor!

This easy Greek lentil soup recipe, straight from my mother’s cuisine, takes about 20 minutes to prepare and 45 -60 minutes to cook and serves 6 people. Apparently, apart from being healthy, this best Greek lentil soup is just mouthwatering!

Traditional Greek Lentil Soup

Traditional Greek Lentil Soup – Ingredients

  • 3 cups of dry lentils
  • 1 cup of Greek olive oil
  • 500 gr of tomato paste
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Vinegar (optional)

Traditional Greek Lentil Soup – Instructions

  1. Start this authentic fakes recipe by carefully cleaning the lentils from any remaining bits of soil or rocks.
  2. On the night before you plan to make fakes, place them in a saucepan and add some cold water.
  3. The next day rinse them with some fresh water.
  4. Boil them with enough water.
  5. Once the water is boiled, pour the water and add some warm water.
  6. Add the Greek olive oil, garlic cloves, onion, and bay leaf.
  7. Turn heat down to low. Cover the saucepan. Let lentils simmer.
  8. Try letting the lid ajar a bit so the lentils don’t boil over.
  9. Check on them occasionally to make sure the water has not boiled down below the level of the lentils. If it is, add more warm water as needed.
  10. Add the tomato paste.
  11. Add salt and pepper around the last 15 minutes of cooking time. Taste to see if additional salt is needed.
  12. Cook lentils for about another 20 minutes until they are tender.
  13. When the lentils are tender and can easily be mashed with a fork, they are done.
  14. Take the saucepan off the heat. Cover it with the lid.
  15. Add a few drops of vinegar if you like. The vinegar gives them a really good taste.
  16. Serve this Greek lentil soup hot.

This traditional Greek lentil soup is ideal for vegetarians! If you are a legumes lover, you can also try this fasolada recipe! Stay tuned for more traditional Greek recipes. Enjoy!

Source: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com

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