Lentils with flaming red pepper and sun-dried tomatoes

This is a sweet and spicy  recipe for vegetarians or healthy eaters. It is popular in northern Greece where chilli and spices form an important part of the local cuisine.


Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 45-50 minutes

Serves 3 people

300g lentils

1 red onion

3 garlic cloves

2 bay leaves

3 chopped pieces of sun-dried tomato

6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1 jar of flaming red pepper spread

Salt and pepper

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

¼ teaspoon chilli powder


Wash the lentils and soak them water in a bowl of lukewarm water for about two hours

Drain the lentils

In a pot containing 4-5 cups of lukewarm water, place the lentils, chopped onions and garlic, bay leaves and garlic powder.

Boil for 30 minutes and add salt and pepper along with half jar of flaming red pepper spread.

Then boil for approximately another 15 minutes. Add the remaining flaming red pepper spread and stir well.

Remove from heat when most of the water is absorbed and the soup is thick enough.

You may want to add balsamic vinegar to the soup to create a more traditional and aromatic dish.