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Greek Lentil Soup (Fukyes) Recipe

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by Katrina Black (subscribe)
A Greek-Aussie: love writing, love the outdoors, love my 2 kids, love heavy metal and love life (usually!).
Published April 9th 2013
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Want to feel good about yourself? Want to feel really good about yourself - like you're a super organised smarty pants? Well, make this / these lentil(s) recipes. Healthy, cheap and easy, they'll feature forever on your 'She /He's lookin at ya' wish list!

Lentils aren't just about hippies, Hari Chrishnas and 'Gopples'. The main recipe's a Greek classic. So think Greek Gods and Goddesses, aquamarine seas and skies (not riots or economic strife - though the recipe can help in these areas too: energy and cost wise).

Here's the recipe: It's called Fukyes soup (I swear!).

1 packet dried lentils (green or brown)
1 bay leaf
1litre water
1 large onion (finely or roughly chopped)
3 cloves garlic (finely or roughly chopped)
1 large carrot (grated or chopped)
1 tblspn tomato paste (or 3 fresh tomatoes mix-mastered [ie pureed or fork mashed] or 1 can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or any vinegar (at the end)
1 tablespoon olive oil (at the end)
1 teaspoon oregano.

Put everything in a pot with the 1litre (or so), cold water and boil for an hour. Then add olive oil, vinegar, oregano and salt, and Kali Orexi (Bon appétit).

Makes about 6-8 serves (so you can freeze what you don't use).

Now, to vary or 'stretch' this recipe, add cooked basmati rice and curry powder - and fresh coriander instead of oregano (Indian style). Or yoghurt and chilli flakes/powder (Middle Eastern style). Or, add chopped potato to the recipe while cooking.

Enjoy you smarty pants, you!
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