As there is not much to say about revithosoupa, which is a simple dish, before I tell you how I make it, let’s talk a little about the word «Opaaa!!».u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0u00c2u00a0 I am taking this opportunity because the song which has been voted for the Eurovision song contest is called «OPA». It’s an ethnic song and although it’s not bad I would have preferred the other ethnic song by Manos Pyrovolakis.

I don’t really care about this contest but the reason I am mentioning this is to explain what the word «OPA» means.u00c2u00a0 I am sure only a few Greeks know the real meaning of the word and it’s not just an exclamation when we dance.

The word Opa derives from the ancient word u00ceu00b7 u00ceu00bfu00cfu0088, u00cfu0084u00ceu00b7u00cfu0082 u00ceu00bfu00cfu0080u00cfu008cu00cfu0082 (pronounced ops genitive case opos), and this does not only mean eyes, vision, appearance etc. Some examples of words known to English speaking people are Cyclops (having one round eye), Europe (having beautiful big eyes), metope (in arch. between two holes (eyes) ) and the same word is used in Greek for the forehead, but also means «voice» as in speaking but also in singing.u00c2u00a0 For those of you speaking Greek, you may find a lot of interesting information here.

All Greek words have a meaning because they are descriptive.u00c2u00a0 One of the nine muses was Kalliopi, u00ceu009au00ceu00b1u00ceu00bbu00ceu00bbu00ceu00b9-u00cfu008cu00cfu0080u00ceu00b7 (u00ceu00adu00cfu0087u00ceu00bfu00cfu0085u00cfu0083u00ceu00b1 u00ceu00bau00ceu00b1u00ceu00bbu00ceu00aeu00ceu00bd u00cfu008cu00cfu0080u00ceu00b1), and her name means «having a good voice» and of course Kalliopi was the patron of anything having to do with the voice and of course poetry.

Now, back to the recipe.u00c2u00a0 Although it’s spring and the weather is supposed to be warm in Greece, March still has some cold days, so I would like to share this simple but hearty chickpea soup, while the weather is still cold.

As I said, although this soup is very simple, with just a few ingredients and has nothing fancy to show in appearance, yet this is what makes Greek cuisine to be delicious getting most of its flavour from the Greek olive oil.

I know that some of you don’t have the time to cook the chickpeas for two hours and although that I don’t use canned chickpeas, I think that the soup will still work great if you used canned chickpeas.u00c2u00a0 However, if you have a pressure cooker, you can reduce the time considerably and have the soup ready in half an hour.

If you want a thicker and more creamy soup add a potato as well, which I have included in the recipe.

I am sending this recipe to Lisa, of Lisa’s Vegeterian Kitchen, for her event No Croutons Required, in which chickpeas are featured this month.

Revithosoupa (Greek Chickpea soup)

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 2 hours

Serves: 5


  • 300 grams chickpeas
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice


  1. Boil the potato in 6 – 7 cups of water until soft. Set aside and when the time comes, remove the potato and mash with a fork. Reserve the water to add to the soup.
  2. Soak the chickpeas in water from the previous night.
  3. Drain and peel them. It is preferable to buy skinned chick peas.
  4. Boil in unsalted water, skim the liquid water and drain once. Add fresh water and boil again. Add salt, lower heat, cover with lid and cook until almost soft, about an hour. Drain and set aside.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion until translucent.
  6. Add the chickpeas and mix for a couple of minutes. Add the mashed potato as well as the potato water, salt and freshly ground black pepper and bring to a boil.
  7. Lower heat and simmer for about 1 hour until the chickpeas have become very soft and creamy.
  8. When ready mix in the lemon juice.
  9. Serve with additional olive oil and lemon juice, as well as some freshly ground black pepper.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!!

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  1. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Angie's Recipes u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    OPA…sounds a very interesting song ……..Germany voted for a newbie singer…(I seriously don't like her singing at all, maybe I am just old to accept her way of interpreting the songs. )
    I love chickpeas! The soup looks very good!

  2. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 alison u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    hello,ivy,i wish you a good week!your soup is so gooood,i like chickpea and the soup ,also!

  3. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Elena u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Well it looks terrific soup Ivy! I am a fan so I will really chick that soup. A wonderful week!

  4. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 mylittleexpatkitchen u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Revithospoupa is one of the great Greek soups. I make it once a month and we love it!
    Yours look lovely.

  5. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Peter G from Souvlaki For The Soul u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I haven’t had this in ages Ivy! I really like the addition of potato in it. Must try it!

  6. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Cakelaw u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    This soup looks delicious Ivy. Everyone I know (including me, til now) thinks Opa is just something you say when you dance a Greek dance.

  7. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Peter u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Thanks for the background on OPA…many saying it's Turkish when it's clearly of Greek origins. I don't watch/care for Eurovision but I wish Alkaios the best.

    Your soup transports me to my trip to Sifnos.

  8. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Biz u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I've never thought to use chickpeas in soup! Love it – and I can eat soup all year long – even in the hot summer!

  9. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Teresa u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Ivy, my mother loved chickpeas. So every time I eat them I have sweet memories of her. Thank you for a new recipe to add to my collection. Love it in a soup.

  10. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 fimère u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    je fais souvent la soupe de pois chiches mais pas de cette manière
    ta recette me plait beaucoup, j'en prends note
    bonne soirée

  11. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Soma u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Beautiful read Ivy!

    I am in love with the simplicity of this soup. The fact that it does not use too many ingredients.. allows the flavor of the oil to come thru'. I rarely used canned chickpeas. I do use a pressure cooker however – makes life way easier and faster,

  12. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Juliana u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    How interesting…you serve the soup with lemon juice, must be even refreshing :-) Something I should try.

  13. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Simona u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Thanks for the interesting information about Opa. I have never thought about skinning chickpeas. Your soup looks delicious. I think soups are good any time of the year.

  14. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Reeni u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    I am such a lover of chickpeas that I would even eat this soup in the summer! So simple but so delicious. And thanks for the explanation of opaaa!

  15. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 tasteofbeirut u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    so what does opa mean? did I miss something?
    Great soup, I love the simplicity of it, precisely!

  16. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 lisaiscooking u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Your soup sounds lovely with the olive oil and lemon! I really like chickpeas, so I know I'll love this soup.

  17. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Konstantina u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    Hi Ivy! Can you believe that I have never eaten revithosoupa?! I don't know why my mom never made this dish, I guess I should blame my dad for that, hahaha:D Since I love chickpeas, I will try to make this one soon!

  18. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 No Croutons Required – Chickpeas « The Biz Insider News Advice u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    [...] of Kopiaste enters the fray with a creamy Revithosoupa (Greek Chickpea Soup) that she describes as simple but most delicious, especially if you use Greek olive oil. Chickpeas [...]


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