Traditional Astypalea lentils (fakes) with pasta

fakes lentils Astypalea

A most different recipe for lentils can be found in the kitchens of Astypalea, a beautiful Dodecanese island.

The classic Greek lentil soup is added with homemade pasta on the island.


250 gr. lentils
50 ml olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon sweet cumin
1 bay leaf
250 gr. ripe tomatoes, grated
salt, black pepper

For the pasta:

100 gr. flour
1/4 teaspoon sweet salt
100 gr. peponaki (flat risoni) pasta

Method for lentils

  1. In a deep saucepan put the lentils in plenty of water and then strain them. In a dry pot, heat the olive oil over medium to high heat and sauté the onion and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes until they give off their aromas.
  2. Add the lentils, cumin, bay leaf, tomatoes, salt, pepper and 500 ml of hot water or more until boiling.
  3. Add the pasta to the lentils six to seven minutes before removing the food from the fire.
  4. Serve the lentils with chopped mint.
fakes arantistes-anoigma lentils
Photo: Eva Monochari.

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