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Pulse, Peas and Beans

Greeks eat a lot of and various kind of pulse, although if you go to restaurant, all you can see is probably large butter beans, called gigantes (giants), cooked in tomato. Pulse is humble and homy food.


For example, in the photo left is mavromatika, i.e. black-eye beans. They just boil them and eat with olive oil, salt and vinegar. Lentils are eaten in the same way. Also common are yellow split beans called fava, often cooked with onion.


RevithokeftedesF deep fried croquettes made from chick peas (revithia)

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