Greek lentil soup - Fakes

Greek Lentil Soup – Fakes

Get ready to savor the rich heritage of Greek lentil soup, known as Fakes. This timeless dish has been enjoyed for generations. Each spoonful takes you on a culinary journey through history, allowing you to appreciate the tradition and wholesome goodness of this beloved soup.

Greek lentil soup – fakes, is a traditional Greek dish that dates back centuries. With its humble yet rich flavors, this soup has become a must-have in Greek cuisine, especially during the Lenten season when meat consumption is restricted.

Greek lentil soup - Fakes

Lentils

For thousands of years, people have cultivated lentils, the main ingredient in Greek lentil soup , making them a staple in Mediterranean cuisine. Lentils have earned admiration for their high nutritional value, affordability, and versatility in cooking.

Lentils are like a hidden treasure in the world of cooking, often undervalued and deserving of more recognition.

Choose Your Cooking Method: Pressure Cooker or Regular Pot

When preparing Greek lentil soup – Fakes, you have the flexibility to choose between a pressure cooker or a regular pot. Personally, I find the pressure cooker to be a convenient option that simplifies the cooking process. Once you add the liquid, simply set the pressure cooker for 30 to 40 minutes and let it work its magic. Unlike using a regular pot, there’s no need for frequent stirring or additional water. Pressure Cooker Delivers Excellent Results with 500ml (17fl.oz) Less Water than the Regular Pot. The ease and efficiency of the pressure cooker make it my preferred method for preparing this lentil soup.

Greek lentil soup - Fakes

How to make Greek lentil soup- Fakes

  • First, clean the lentils, ensuring you remove any odd ones or debris.
  • Next, in an electric mixer, chop the peeled onion and carrot.
  • In a large pot, heat olive oil and sauté the chopped onion and carrots until they soften. Once softened, add tomato paste to the pot and sauté for a minute.
  • Then add  garlic powder, sugar, black pepper , thyme, cayenne pepper or berbere, bay leaf, and stock cubes into the pot.
  •  Pour in water and tomato purée, carefully stirring everything together.
  •  Bring the soup to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low.
  • Allow the soup to simmer for about 60 minutes, or until the lentils are soft and tender. If necessary, add more hot water to achieve the desired consistency
  • Remember to adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences.

Serve it with a side of feta cheese and olives, and don’t forget to pair it with fresh bread.

Greek lentil soup - Fakes

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Greek lentil soup - Fakes

Greek lentil soup- Fakes

Greek lentil soup, also known as Fakes , is a flavourful and nutritious dish that's perfect for a cozy night in. This hearty soup is easy to make and packed with protein and fiber, making it a great addition to any healthy diet.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4
Calories 407 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 large pot
  • 1 Electrical chopper
  • 1 Pressure cooker optional

Ingredients
  

  • 400 g Lentils (2 Cups) (14 oz)
  • 1 Carrot medium
  • 1 Onion large
  • 1 tsp Tomato paste
  • 2-3 Bay leafs
  • 3 Chicken or Vegetable stock cubes
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Thyme
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder Smoked
  • 1 tsp Berbere or cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1,7 litre Hot water (57.5 fl.oz) 1.2 litre (40.5 fl.oz) If cook with a pressure cooker 
  • 200 ml Tomato purée (6.8 fl.oz) options: crushed or sauce

Instructions
 

  • First, clean the lentils, ensuring you remove any odd ones or debris.
  • Next, in an electric mixer, chop the peeled onion and carrot.
    onion and carrots in an electric chopper
  • In a large pot, add olive-oil and sauté the chopped onion and carrots until they are softened. Once softened, add tomato paste to the pot and sauté for a minute.
    saute chopped carrots and onion
  • Then add garlic powder, sugar, black pepper , thyme, cayenne pepper or berbere, bay leaf, and stock cubes into the pot.
    ingredients for greek lentil soup
  • Pour in water and tomato purée, carefully stirring everything together.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low.
    greek lentil soup in the making
  • Allow the soup to simmer for about 60 minutes, or until the lentils are soft and tender. If necessary, add more hot water to achieve the desired consistency
    Greek lentil soup - Fakes
  • Remember to adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences.

Notes

If cook with a pressure cooker 
Once you add the liquid, simply set the pressure cooker for 30 to 40 minutes and let it work its magic. Unlike using a regular pot, there’s no need for frequent stirring or additional water. Pressure Cooker Delivers Excellent Results with 500ml (17fl.oz) Less Water than the Regular Pot.

Βon appétite!

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