Fakes – Greek Lentil Soup
The weather is starting to get a bit cooler, plus we are still in the fasting period before Greek Easter so it is a great time to make fakes. Fakes is a traditional Greek recipe that we have converted for your thermal cooking machine.
As children we remember making fun of the Greek translation for lentil soup. It is pronounced: fark-yes or fak-gi. It sounds like a rude word and it was a tricky way to swear in front of our parents without getting in to trouble. Our kids are still a bit too young to try this on us but I'm sure they will one day.
Do your kids laugh when you cook fakes for dinner?
Here is how you make Fakes in your Thermo Mixer:
Use the scales to weigh out lentils (250g) into a separate container/bowl. Wash lentils and soak over night in plenty of water. Strain the lentils before using them.
Add onion (1) and garlic (2) to bowl and chop 3 seconds/speed 7.
Add carrot (1) and celery (1) . Chop 3 seconds/speed 5. Scrape down sides.
Add lentils (250g), tomato paste (2 tbs), salt (1 tsp), pepper (to taste) and water (800g). Cook for 30 minutes/100 degrees/reverse/speed 1/steaming basket on top instead of the MC.
Make sure lentils are cooked through otherwise cook for another 10 minutes/100 degrees/reverse/speed 1 or until cooked to your liking.
Add vinegar (30g) and EVOO (30g). Stir 30 seconds/reverse/speed 1. Serve with a piece of bread and eat straight away. Or allow the soup to cool and then store it in the freezer for a later date.
- It is really important to soak the lentils for as long as possible – at least 1 hour – as this will help in the cooking process.
- You can freeze the lentils after they have been cooked. Defrost and re-heat before eating.
- Fakes can also be served cold.
- This recipe is vegetarian and suitable for nestia/fasting days. Do not add EVOO if oil is not permitted.