Entree, Lathera (Greek Vegetable Casseroles), Mediterranean Diet Recipes, Vegetable Main Courses, Vegetarian

Greek Style Peas-Arakas Latheros

Today I am sharing a favorite, traditional Greek recipe. Another lathero. These days, here in Greece we have been getting very little sleep, what with following all the developments taking place with our economy, so I cook dishes that are very easy, almost requiring no recipe. Just vegetables cooked with olive oil and tomato, that is what a lathero is. This one is called arakas latheros, translated as peas cooked in olive oil. Not only is it easy to make, but it is also a comfort food: cooked vegetables in a rich olive oil-tomato sauce, accompanied with tangy feta and good bread to dip in the yummy juices.

I feel peas are an underestimated food, usually served on the side plainly boiled with a lump of butter on them. However, in Greek cuisine we cook them in olive oil and tomato, along with dill. We also add carrots and potatoes-(today I added only carrots as I did not have any potatoes). This meal of course, is accompanied by feta and bread. Again this is a vegetable based main meal that is characteristic of the Greek diet, not a side dish. So in essence you fulfill almost all your vegetable needs of the day, in just one meal.

Peas although a starchy vegetable, are a good source of protein. Peas are actually considered a legume. Apart from protein it is a great source of fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, folate, but also a good source of iron and calcium. In addition peas have high antioxidant activity due to the presence of beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.

This dish, as with all lathera is consumed at room temperature and tastes better the next day.

Greek Style Peas-Arakas Latheros

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Cooked peas in a rich olive oil-tomato sauce, accompanied with tangy feta and good bread to dip in the yummy juices.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Author: Elena Paravantes RDN
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  • Heat olive oil in a medium sized pot.
  • Sauté onions until soft. Add carrots and potatoes and sauté 3-4 minutes more.
  • Add peas and heat and mix until all peas are covered in the olive oil.
  • Add the tomato, dill, pepper and a half teaspoon salt. Add enough hot water so that the peas are covered just a bit (about ¼ cup).
  • Mix well and bring to a boil. Then lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes, until peas are soft and water is gone-they should only be left with the olive oil.
  • Serve at room temperature with feta and bread. Add salt as needed.
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  • Reply Kimberly Araoz January 3, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    I see that you recommend eating this with a good bread to dip in the juices. What kind of bread would you recommend?

    • Reply Laura January 6, 2020 at 9:32 pm

      Anything thick to soak up the juice!

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN January 7, 2020 at 11:30 am

      Hi Kim,
      Whole grain and sourdough, and generally a dense type of bread.

      • Reply Kimberly January 7, 2020 at 2:54 pm

        Thank you, can’t wait to try it.

  • Reply Miranda February 13, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    How many people does this typically serve, and how big are the servings? I’m just starting out and so glad I found your site! 🙂

  • Reply Lynne Doolan February 19, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    This has become our way of having peas, no more boiled peas. Utterly delicious, so versatile. I love your recipes and living in Athens, with locally sourced vegetables and your recipes, it give us very healthy meals.5 stars

  • Reply Michelle Walthall May 11, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    I have a couple of question about the feta & bread to accompany this delicious looking dish. What type of bread would you suggest? Should the feta be a whole piece or just sprinkled on top? Approximately how much feta?

  • Reply Stephanie August 20, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Amazing recipe, like it came straight from Greece! I boiled the potatoes and carrots for about 5min before adding them to the pot. I also added some garlic.5 stars

  • Reply Alison December 19, 2020 at 3:34 am

    I have this simmering on the stove now! How many servings is this recipe? Thanks!

  • Reply Elaine January 23, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Please can you advise – I like the Mediterranean recipes as I think they are healthy. I’ve bought your cookery book.
    Recently I have had gastric reflux and esophagitis (hiatus hernia) and trying to help myself.
    Do you think I should avoid any particular ingredients in the recipes. Think I am bothered about tomatoes.
    Thank you Elaine

  • Reply Sana February 7, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. It is one of my absolute favorites. Healthy and frugal 5 stars

  • Reply Adriana Efstathiou April 9, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    These are definitely a family favorite. Thanks for sharing.5 stars

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