Radicchio, capers and onions brighten up this mashed lentil dish. Sympetheros means "father of one's son- or daughter-in-law," probably implying the "marrying" of different legumes in one dish. It's a meze served all over Greece. This recipe is inspired by the version Dimitris Mavrakis serves at his restaurant Kritamon in Archanes, near the spectacular Knossos archaeological site on Crete. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March 2020

Aglaia Kremezi


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  • Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 8 minutes. Add fava beans, split peas and lentils. Cook, stirring occasionally, until toasted, about 3 minutes. Stir in water and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring often, until the legumes are very soft and the mixture is quite thick, 45 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes. Using an immersion blender, pulse the mixture a few times until partially, but not fully, smooth. Let cool completely, about 2 hours.

  • About 30 minutes before serving, combine sliced onion, capers and brine and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Let stand for 30 minutes. Add radicchio, the remaining 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss to combine.

  • Serve the legumes topped with the onion mixture. Garnish with Aleppo (or crushed red pepper), if desired.


Tip: Look for "peeled" or "skinless" dried fava beans with other dried beans at well-stocked supermarkets or online at bobsredmill.com.

To make ahead: Refrigerate legume mixture (Step 1) for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

246 calories; 10 g total fat; 1.4 g saturated fat; 283 mg sodium. 462 mg potassium; 29.2 g carbohydrates; 10.2 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 10.8 g protein; 28 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 124 mcg folate; 40 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 65 mg magnesium;