Fakes: A Traditional Greek Lentil Soup Recipe

My mother has shared with me this Greek fakes recipe.  So, I decided to make this traditional Greek lentil soup for my kids. Cooking lentils (or fakes in Greek) is easy and healthy. Greeks usually like eating lentils on Wednesdays and Fridays as it is a Greek Orthodox tradition not to eat meat on these days.

Fakes are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin, and vitamin K. They are also particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate, and iron. So, eating lentil soup is really good for your health! This Greek fakes recipe takes about 30-45 minutes to cook and is for 6 people. 

Greek Fakes Recioe

Traditional Fakes Recipe – 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
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 rosemary stalk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Vinegar (optional)

Traditional Fakes Recipe – How to Make

  1. Start this fakes recipe by carefully clean lentils from any remaining bits of soil or rocks.
  2. On the night before you plan to cook lentils, place them into a saucepan and add some cold water.
  3. The next day rinse them with some freshwater.
  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, celery, bay leaf, rosemary, and carrots.
  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 few drops of vinegar if you like. Vinegar gives them a really good taste.
  16. Serve them hot.
This traditional Greek lentil soup is ideal for vegetarians! Enjoy!