This is an incredibly simple dish and popular in the villages especially, in the cold winter months. It is not so much the lentil soup that is so enjoyable as the whole meal with the accompaniments - feta cheese covered in olive oil and sprinkled with oregano; olives and bread, ideally olive pitta bread - see the photo above. The recipe for olive pitta bread is here.
½ kg brown lentils
1 medium onion grated
5 cloves garlic roughly chopped
60 ml olive oil
2 bay leaves
Pinch of oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
Rinse the lentils well in a colander under running water.
Put them in the pan with the onion, garlic, bay leaves and oregano.
Add enough water to cover them plus another 2 fingers approx. above them.
Bring to the boil and then simmer for at least 1 hour or until the lentils have become very tender.
When ready, add the oil, salt and pepper and stir.
Eat and Enjoy!