Araka me aginares
(Peas with artichokes)
Question. What is Araka me aginares?
Answer. Araka is peas. Peas are traditionnally cooked as a vegetarian dish or cooked along with chicken or beef. Araka goes very well with artichokes.
Tips and tricks on how to make Araka me aginares
- Begin by removing some of the artichoke leaves.
- Stop removing artichoke leaves when the leaves are tender.
- Cut and discard one third of the head of the artichoke, as shown.
- Cut off the outer portion of the stem and peel all the outer fibrous portion of the stem.
- Cut the artichoke in half and discard the thorny inner choke.
- Immediately plunge the cleaned artichoke into the salt/lemon mixture to prevent discoloration.
- Next, we will prepare the ingredients.
- Coarsely chop the onions.
- Sauté the onions for about 10 minutes or until translucent.
- Add the salt, tomato paste and tomato sauce.
- Season with pepper.
- Add some sugar.
- After 15 minutes of sauteing, add the peas, herbs and shallots.
- Add water or chicken stock.
- Add the artichokes
- Cover, and quickly bring to a boil. Once boiling, immediately lower the heat to medium/low.
- Bring to a light boil, lower the heat to medium/low and continue simmering for about two to three hours or until only the oil is left in the pot.
NOTE: If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts. Araka me aginares video