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House Merguez and Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder, Chickpea Revithia

Revithia (Greek: ρεβύθια) is a traditional Greek dish consisting of de-shelled chickpeas baked with onions in olive oil. It can be flavored with lemon juice, oregano, bay leaves and/or rosemary.

The de-shelled chickpeas must be first washed overnight in plenty of water, changing the water at least once. Traditionally, the Revithia was taken to be cooked overnight in the local bakery's (φούρνος) oven. Since most of us don't have this option, partially boiling the chickpeas before baking them in the oven with the olive oil and seasoning will ensure the chickpeas to be deliciously soft.

In order to thicken the sauce, flour is sometimes added while baking it in the oven. Revithia should not be drowning in sauce, however.

Revithia is enjoyed throughout the winter months as a hearty and filling vegetarian dish. It is one of the most popular Greek ladera dishes and, being vegan, it is a good dish for Lent.

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Traditional Greek Chickpea Soup (Revithia),