Greek Recipes

Greek and Cypriot recipes

Fasolia Vrasta me horta – Boiled Beans with Vegetables


  • You need 1/4 – 1/2 kilo of Fasolia or dried beans, depending on number of people. 1/2 kilo will produce about 5-6 servings but you can make extra and store in airtight containers in the freezer if you make too much.
  • It’s best to soak the beans overnight to release the toxins and also to help them cook more easily. Soak in a large saucepan with cold water for a few hours or overnight. Remove the water and add fresh cold water to cover, the water line should come about an inch or so above the peas.
  • Bring to boil and skim off froth, then allow to simmer till semi cooked, make sure you do not forget to reduce the heat or they will stick to the pan! Once the beans are semi cooked replace the water with fresh cold water.
  • You can leave them plain or add vegetables at this point. If you wish to add vegetables just add them raw and bring the mixed beans and vegetables to the boil then simmer till cooked. You can use a mixture of any or all of the following vegetables, chopped onion, chopped leeks, courgettes and carrots. You can experiment with whatever you prefer. The traditional vegetables to use in this dish are the leaf vegetables found in the countryside. I will be adding some of these later on to the site. They are called ‘lapsanes’, ‘similouthkia’, ‘trisadgies’, ‘moloshes’ and ‘lahana’ to name but a few.
  • They are cooked when they soften, you must be careful not to overcook them but also not to under cook them. Just think, you need to have them as you would want to eat them. If they are under cooked they will not taste nice. Make sure the saucepan does not boil dry.
  • Remove from heat and serve when desired. They can be eaten hot or cold and are best served with olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
  • To prepare the sauce you need about 2 – 5 tablespoons of olive oil depending on taste and quantity of peas you have used. Cypriots never measure, they just learn by trial and error.
  • Chop one onion, medium or large depends on quantity and preference.
  • Fry the onion in the olive oil till golden and add chopped tomato or tomato paste to taste. You can use either fresh or tinned tomato, it’s up to you. Again it’s how much you like.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste before you take the dish of the heat. Note – you do not put the salt into the chick peas until they are cooked as addition of salt leave them hard, they will not cook.
  • This dish is traditionally eaten with fresh bread, Greek bread if possible!

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