Fakes is nutritious, filling and so simple to make. There are many versions of this Greek lentil soup and we like to include a little rice in our dish, as lentils and rice eaten together offer a good source of complete protein, fibre, iron and other essential minerals!


250 x grams brown lentils

8 x cups of water

1 x onion, finely chopped

2 x garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 x carrot, peeled and finely chopped

2 x celery sticks, finely chopped

1x bay leaf

3 x tomatoes, blended

2 x tablespoons rice 

1/4x  cup of olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon vinegar (optional) 


-Wash lentils thoroughly and place in a pot with water covering them. Bring to a boil.

-Drain lentils and set aside in pot.

-Finely chop carrots, celery and onion.

-Blend tomatoes.  

-Place pot with lentils over medium heat and add water, tomatoes, celery, carrots, onion, garlic, rice, bay leaf and a drop of olive oil. Stir with a wooden spoon and allow to simmer (with the lid on) at low to medium heat for about 40 minutes.

-In the last few minutes of cooking add salt, pepper, remaining olive oil and vinegar. 

-Stir well and serve. 

*Recipe and Image by IN+SIGHTS GREECE © (Copyright) 

Penny Zalalas

Executive Editor

At the age of 18, when starting her university degree in Media & Culture, Penny was offered her first role in the industry and began her career at Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited. Since then she has worked as a journalist & editor in both print & online publications, bringing with her 20 + years of experience in magazines. Her utter love for Greece, plus a constant urge to create, innovate & inspire is what led her to launch IN+SIGHTS GREECE.

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