Fakes (pronounced fakhés) moutjentra is a lentil recipe we make in Cyprus with rice and onions and is a high protein, balanced healthy food, especially with the combination of rice.    In Greece they usually make fakes soupa, a soup with tomatoes but they do make a similar recipe in the Aegean islands which is called Fakoryzo, meaning lentils and rice.

I remember when my mother used to make moutzentra, she would fry lots of onions until caramelized and mix them in.  However, I also remember how we used to hate the onions when we were young and in order to eat some my mother would also fry some eggs, which we loved but promised to eat some lentils as well.   My children weren’t also fond of this dish so in order to get them to start eating them, I would not let the onion brown completely so that it would not be visible in the plate.   I then did the same thing my mother did and bribed them with some fried eggs:)   Now that they have grown up, they love this dish.

We also make this dish by adding any kind of small pasta instead of rice.

In Cyprus we use the brown lentils which do not need to be previously soaked in water.  These lentils are cooked very easily, so we put them to boil for five to ten  minutes and then drain them.  We add fresh water and cook then for fifteen minutes and in the meantime we fry some onions.  When the rice is cooked we add the caramelized onions.


My daughter’s plate!

The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste as well as in Volume 1 of my e-cookbook.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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Χωρίς σχόλια on Fakes Moutjentra – Cypriot Lentils with Rice

  1. Ο/Η Maria V λέει:

    I was thinking about your comment on fakes without tomato – even in your recipe, you do mention tomato as being the Greek way, and you do admit at the end of the recipe that some people «like the soup to have a reddish colour»…

  2. Ο/Η Ivy λέει:

    Maria there is no reason for dispute here. When I left the comment on your blog, I only wanted to stress that fakes are not only with tomato and this type of fakes is well know first of all in Cyprus but also in most of the Greek islands and I was under the impression that fakoryso is also popular in Crete as well. If you type fakoryzo in google search you will get a lot of recipes. I am sending you a link mentioning Crete as well. http://gym-kastell.ira.sch.gr/dokkal.htm


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