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Greek Pea Stew

Greek Pea Stew (Arakas)

A simple, healthy, Mediterranean dish made with peas and vegetables, simmered in a rich tomato sauce with herbs and olive oil.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Servings 6
Calories 278 kcal


  • 500 g/17.6oz frozen peas
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 2 large potatoes cut in bite size pieces
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • cup/(80ml) olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon freshly chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoon freshly chopped spearmint/mint
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 400 g/14oz grated ripe tomatoes or canned
  • 1 teaspoon sugar optional
  • 1 ½ cup/360ml boiling water
  • 1 tbsp/15ml lemon juice


  • Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium/high heat.
  • Chop the onion and sauté in olive oil until soft.
  • Slice the carrots and add them to the pot.
  • Peel the potatoes and zucchini and cut them into cubes.
  • Add them into the pot, sprinkle with the smoked paprika powder, and sauté for 5 more minutes.
  • Add the peas, the grated tomatoes, and the sugar (if applicable).
  • Add the water, tomato paste, salt, and pepper to taste, and bring it to a boil.
  • Lower the heat to medium/low and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft.
  • Finely chop the spearmint/mint and dill, add them to the pot with the lemon juice, and simmer for another 2 minutes.
  • Serve while still warm.
  • Enjoy :)


Use 1 teaspoon of sugar if you want your peas to taste sweeter.
Replace water with vegetable or chicken stock for extra flavour.
Keyword quick, traditional