A Recipe From The Past
Greek cuisine still uses a lot of recipes that are very simple. Simple and basic. As they were, when they were invented. In times when people used to feed, with only the basics. Using completely what nature gave them. And always as cheap as they could. This Greek Lentil Soup Recipe is one of them. It’s a very simple dish made with only a few basic ingredients, that we still eat a lot here in Greece.
Greek Lentil Soup Recipe Alterations
In fact, this recipe uses a product that my island is famous for. It’s unique variety of lentils. We produce only a small amount each year. It’s one of the best quality of lentils produced in Greece. Their price might reach even 10 euros per kg (Yeap they are extremely expensive).
Why they cost so much? Firstly they get cooked quickly in only 30-40 minutes. Secondly, once they are cooked, they form a thick creamy soup that when you add a few drops of vinegar their turn whitish (no other variety does that). And thirdly they are traditionally produced by hand (which is LOTS of work).
In the Northern parts of Greece, they usually cook this lentil soup by adding tomato juice. While in the South we eat them by simply adding a few drops of red wine vinegar when we serve them. Both versions are worth trying.
Don’t Let The Images Fool You
The recipe I’ll share with you here can be made with any type of brown, medium or small-sized lentils. I know they don’t look that appetizing, but that’s only because their looks don’t do them any justice. It usually goes like: A picture is worth a thousand words. I guess in this case, I might need a thousand words to convince you, that despite their looks, this Greek lentil soup recipe is actually really tasty.
Hmm…let’s see… They are healthy, nutritious, a very good source of iron, simple to make, cheap (usually), vegetarian, they have a rich earthy flavor, they’re delicious. I can’t really find a thousand words so I’ll skip to the instructions.
PS: You may wanna try them with some salty marinated fish. That’s how we eat them here in Greece and they’re super yummy.