This is a recipe for a Greek traditional dish but not in the traditional way (low on fat). Moreover, dill brings a slightly lemony flavor to these peas in tomato sauce that makes them so special.In two words:
- 300gr of peas (frozen if out of season)
- ½ of a big onion
- 100ml of tomato puree
- 500ml of hot water
- 1 big carrot
- 1 tablespoon of chiseled dill
- 10 turn mills of Kampot black pepper
- ½ teaspoon of coarse salt
- 4 teaspoons of olive oil
- a bit of lemon juice (optional)
- a bit of feta cheese (optional)
- Chisel finely the onion
- Coupez la carotte en deux dans la longueur et ensuite chaque morceau en demi-rondelles (*)
- Heat-up a medium saucepan
- Add onions and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until its humidity goes away
- Add the olive oil and continue to stir
- When onions become a bit brown, add carrots and continue to stir for 3’-4’
- Add peas and stir
- Add dill and stir again
- Add the tomato puree and hot water and stir
- Add salt and pepper and cook with lid on in medium heat for 40’. Stir occasionally while cooking.
- Serve with a little bit of lemon jus and a piece of feta cheese
What’s the story behind this recipe?
This is a Greek traditional dish of the cuisine grecqueIt’s called arakas laderos or αρακάς λαδερός. Usually, we use a lot of olive oil, as it’s name describes, because λαδερός means the one that has a lot of oil.
In Greece, this dish is a full dish, not a side dish as we usually use peas in France. It’s is eaten during Lent but not exclusively. It’s a 100% vegan dish for centuries. Often, it is served with feta cheese (outside Lent) and bread.
In my version, I cut-offoil quantity to minimum levels, enough though to be tasty, that is 2 teaspoons par serving. It seems maybe not enough, but the taste is there, if the seasoning and the cooking is done properly. Try it, you will be surprised!
(*) Note that in the first version of this recipe, I had used the word “slices” because it’s a word that it’s usually used in recipes. At this day, I do not know if this word is correct but please know that the actual Greek dish has rounds of carrots and not vertical slices :) I just wanted to be more precise :) If you have any question please ask :) I am there for you :)
o-o C'est si bon ! o-o