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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.
  • 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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    I am loving all of your traditonal Greek recipes . I have always love Greek food, for now there are 3 good reasons the 10 dishes you have shown us here are very appealing , colourful therefore appealing to the eye, inexpensive when you are on a pension like me is great, for me these are staples in my dry pantry…

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

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

  • Reply Stefanie Papasoglu January 12, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    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.

    • Reply Elena January 15, 2018 at 7:00 am

      Glad you enjoyed it Stefanie!

  • Reply Angelica April 29, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    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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    Hi, The recipe does not mention peas, only lentils 🙂 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 😀

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  • 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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