Let’s cook a very typical Greek dish : lentil soup

Lentil soup

In Greece we cook at least once per week pulses. Lentils are one of the most popular and we usually prepare them as a soup. It is an easy, tasty and rather fast dish.  And important as well, also very healthy.

If you have never made lentil soup before, here is a typical Greek recipe:


½ kg lentils
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
½ teacup olive oil
1-2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Salt, pepper


Clean and wash the lentils. Drain them afterwards.  Pour 6 teacups of water in a pot; add the lentils, the chopped onion, the garlic, the tomato paste and the bay leaves. Let the mixture cook gently for about ½ hour. Add the oil, the salt, pepper and a bit of vinegar. Cook the soup for another 15 minutes until it has thickened a little. Serve the soup in plates and drizzle some vinegar on top.

This dish is very tasty combined with pickles, olives and feta cheese!

Useful Vocabulary:

Οι φακές [ee fakyes] the lentils
μαγειρεύω [mayeerevo] I cook
τα όσπρια [ta ospreeya] the pulses
η συνταγή [ee seentayee] the recipe
το σκόρδο [toe skordo] the garlic
το κρεμμύδι [toe kremeedee] the onion
το λάδι [toe ladee] the oil (olive oil in this case)
καθαρίζω [kathareezo] I clean  (also used for pealing an onion)
το αλάτι [toe alatee] Pepper
το πιπέρι [toe peepayree] Salt
το ξύδι [toe xeedee] Vinegar
ρίχνω [reechno] I put/drop/throw
βράζω [vrazo] I boil
προσθέτω [prostheto] I add