That lentil soup It is a typical Mediterranean dish. Both Spain and Greece have traditional recipes, although we can also find variants in Turkey or Latin America (in Chile, these legumes are part of the New Year’s rite, as they are said to attract prosperity and wealth). The preparation is similar to that of stewed lentils, only they have more water and aromatic plants and spices play a relevant role here; in the Greek case (Faki soup) e.g. B. Add coriander, celery and cumin; the Turks They use the red lentil variety and are equally generous with the cumin. You can add a delicious ointment full of properties and vegetables to this healthy soup at will, always remembering that it should be tasty. On this occasion we present you a similar recipe Greek. It is a vegetarian broth full of properties: lovers of lentils should not rule out discovering this new destination.
Greek Lentil Soup or Soupa Faki Recipe
Ingredients for 4 people:
- 1 cup of lentils (about 200 grams).
- 1 red or white onion.
- 1-2 sticks of celery, trimmed.
- 2 carrots.
- A pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) or a pinch of hot pepper.
- 2 cloves of garlic.
- 1-2 bay leaves.
- 1 teaspoon cumin.
- Several leaves of chopped fresh cilantro or parsley.
- Vegetable soup.
- 1 tablespoon of tomato concentrate or 2-3 ripe tomatoes.
- A dash of wine vinegar.
- Native olive oil.
Better to have the lentils from the day before in water (so make sure they soften after cooking in the soup), although you can wash them and add to the broth. You have to fry them vegetables first in the pot and then you boil them in water together with the lentils (so that the whole thing becomes quite liquid, like very soupy lentils). You can add spices as you like, adapted to your palate (accepts for example hot, pepper and some curry). Aromatic plants such as bay leaves, coriander, parsley, celery or cumin give this dish its personality. Used vegetable soup so that the result will be tastier.
1. Fry vegetables:
peel the Onion and cut it julienne. Do the same with the carrots. Clean off a stalk or two Celery, Scraping the strands with a knife. Cut into not very thick slices. Put the vegetables in the pot garlic cut into leaves. Salt and sauté with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil for a few minutes or until the onion softens. Soft. Take a tablespoon of pasta tomatoes or several half-mashed tomatoes, a teaspoon of cumin, a bay leaf or two, and salt. Stir and cook for a few minutes.
2. Cook lentil soup:
add the lenses that they were soaked (well washed and drained). Add vegetable stock until everything is covered. Cover it up and bring it to you Boil. Let them cook for about thirty or forty minutes or until tender. Finally add coriander or chopped parsley. Check the salt point. Turn off the heat and add a spritz Vinegar. Stir and leave to rest. Serve hot.
➦ We continue with a recipe for vegetable lentils.