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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.
  • Sautรฉ onions until soft. Add carrots and potatoes and sautรฉ 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 ยผ 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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Photo by Elena Paravantes

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  • Reply Cathy C. June 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    I just made this for the 3 of us. Really good! I even used frozen peas as I couldn’t find fresh. Definitely will be making this on a regular basis. Thanks for posting!5 stars

  • Reply iliana genkova April 23, 2021 at 2:37 am

    Just made it – delicious! I even cheated a bit – didn’t have enough peas, so I used frozen green beans, chopped to small pieaces!5 stars

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

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

  • 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 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 Alison December 19, 2020 at 3:34 am

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

  • 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 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 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 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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, canโ€™t wait to try it.

  • Reply Brenda July 1, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    I haven’t made this yet but I’m amazed that frozen peas don’t turn to mush being cooked all that time? Thank you!

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN July 2, 2019 at 7:03 am

      No, they will not turn into mush, but they should be soft. Remember you are simmering, not boiling. Start checking at 20 minutes (I’ve noted in the directions 30-45 minutes cooking time).

      • Reply Brenda October 28, 2019 at 4:44 pm

        Thank you!

      • Reply Brenda October 30, 2019 at 4:12 pm

        Should mention that I’ve made several of your recipes & love them all! We’re part of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in the states & get 50 lbs. of organic veggies/week (!!) in the summer. I don’t know how I could have survived without your recipes! Briami is one of our favorites. We also love green bean lathera. Thank you for all your efforts!

        • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN November 6, 2019 at 6:24 am

          Wonderful , 50 lbs a week! Thank you, happy you are enjoying the recipes!

    • Reply Debra November 25, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      Absolutely delicious, I made this for the family and they enjoyed it so much a week later I was asked to make it a second time.. Your recipe is delicious and easy to make. Thank you for the delicious recipe5 stars

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    Hi, The recipe does not mention peas, only lentils ๐Ÿ™‚ Do I just substitute the lentils for peas? Or am I reading it wrong?

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN October 3, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Anesta. Apologies, we have been updating our recipe format and must have put the lentil recipe instead. It is corrected now.

      • Reply Anesta October 11, 2018 at 11:52 am

        No problem. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

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    This was delicious! My 13 year old son devoured it and said it was the best new recipe I’ve made in a long time. Huge complement!

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN May 10, 2018 at 7:00 am

      Thank you for sharing Angelica! That makes me happy when children love the recipes

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    Thank you so much for this quick, tasty recipe! I’m so happy that I found your site – I plan to make many more of your recipes from now on.

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    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN December 6, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Thank you for sharing Lindi. Yes, the Greek/Mediterranean diet is simple yet colorful and inexpensive.

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    Just made this dish tonight. I’ve been eyeing it for a while and it’s delicious! Very easy too. I’ll be bringing some for my lunch tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply Anita Tsarbos October 13, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Elena,
    Please could you setle an argument?
    I am married to an Athenian who insists that aracas are not peas ie bizelia (in Greek) .
    Peas or aracas it’s still a great dish!!
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    This looks delish only my partner has a problem with oil so I will try it with less oil. I bet this would taste good with green beans too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN July 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

      Thanks Trudee, Try not to go below 1/4 cup for every pound of vegetables.

  • Reply S July 19, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    This looks so tasty!!

    I was wondering what your opinion of a low carb diet is? They seem to be getting a lot of good press at the moment, but the world’s best diet – Greek – isn’t low carb, so I get a bit confused with it all!!

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN July 21, 2015 at 8:09 am

      The Greek diet is actually a moderate carb diet. Greeks do not eat as much pasta and most dishes are vegetable based. Sticking to mostly whole-grain bread is a good idea.

  • Reply Joan July 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Hi, Elena. This sounds lovely. My problem is that I have never like the taste of dill. Is there a different herb that would work well with this dish please ? Many thanks for your help.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN July 21, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Dill and peas is the classic-traditional combo. But you can add parsley instead.

    • Reply Mak November 23, 2015 at 3:41 am

      I was never much of a fan of dill either. But with peas, this is one of the only dishes I love that uses dill.

  • Reply Pamela Fiddimore July 14, 2015 at 8:56 am

    what a lovely economical recipe

  • Reply Katina Vaselopulos July 14, 2015 at 1:33 am

    One of our favorite main dishes!Filled with wonderful nutrients!
    We buy frozen petite peas, cook them the same way, and serve them as lunch or dinner every other week. Tender and succulant!

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