Arakas – Easy Peasy Pea and Vegetable Stew

Very popular with kids, arakas is a store cupboard favourite. We always keep a pack of frozen peas in our freezer. And most of the other ingredients can be found at any time in our home. If not, it’s just a short walk to the corner shop. This dish gets tastier the more you leave it to stand, popular wisdom in Greece has it. That’s because it belongs to a category of recipes called ladera.

We love arakas so much, that in fact there are never any leftovers to freeze!

Arakas – Easy Peasy Pea and Vegetable Stew

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Course: MainCuisine: GreekDifficulty: Easy


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A Greek family basic recipe.


  • 1 kg peas (fresh or frozen)

  • 1 onion chopped

  • 2 scallions (optional)

  • 2 carrots sliced

  • 1 potato quartered

  • 2 medium tomatoes, grated or 1/2 cup tomato puree

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped dill

  • Salt, pepper


  • Heat the olive oil in a medium sized cooking pot.
  • Sauté the onions until soft. Add the scallions and carrots and sauté 3-4 minutes more.
  • Add the peas. Stir till they defrost if frozen.
  • Add the tomatoes or puree, and bring to a boil.
  • Add the potatoes and enough water to just about cover everything.
  • Add the dill, salt and pepper.
  • Mix and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes or until peas and potatoes are soft and most of the water is gone.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature with feta cheese!

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