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Greek Style Peas with Lamb - Arakas Kokkinistos

Arakas kokkinistos or Greek Style peas is the perfect dish for a cold day. This dish is absolutely delicious.


  • 1 kg frozen peas
  • 250 g lamb **optional
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large brown onion diced
  • 4 carrots sliced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 400 g diced tomatoes
  • 1 bunch dill
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 400 ml water


  • In a large pot, add two tablespoons of olive oil. When the pot is hot, add in the lamb cutlets.
  • Once the lamb has gotten a nice golden colour, add in the diced onions and the sliced carrots. Cook for roughly 2-3 minutes, or until the onions have softened. Afterwards, add in the tomato paste and the fresh dill.
  • Cook the tomato paste for 2 mins, then add the diced tomatoes and the water.
  • Cover the pot with a lid and cook for 1 hour on a medium heat.
  • After an hour remove the lid, if there is still too much liquid or the peas aren't soft... set the heat to high and cook for another 15 - 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  • Remove from the heat and serve with some mashed potatoes or with some crusty bread and some Greek Feta Cheese.
  • Enjoy this delicious dish.


You can half the cooking time of this recipe by using a pressure cooker. When I make this recipe at home I use a pressure cooker and I totally recommend it, as it saves so much time.