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Greek Chickpea soup recipe (Revithia)

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 110 min
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 5 portions 1x
  • Category: Soups
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: Greek


Hearty, simple and extra comforting, this Greek chickpea soup recipe (revithia soupa) is with no doubt the perfect dish for a cold winter’s day! Greek chickpea soup is one of the most popular Greek wintery dishes while being highly nutritious full of fiber and a unique supply of antioxidants.


  • 500g/ 17 oz. dry chickpeas (revithia)
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 a cup olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp dried oregano (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • juice of 12 lemons
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • vegetable stock (optional)


  1. To prepare this Greek chickpea soup recipe (revithia soupa), start by washing the chickpeas and let them soak in plenty of cold water overnight (ideally for 18 hours).
  2. When you are ready to make this Greek chickpea soup recipe, drain the chickpeas (revithia) and discard the soaking water. Place the chickpeas in a colander and rinse very well with plenty of water (4-5 times). Put your hands in the colander and rub them well.
  3. Place the revithia in a large pan with enough cold water to cover them (about 4cm over the chickpeas).
  4. Turn the heat up and bring to the boil. Keep removing the froth from the top with a wooden spoon for about 15 minutes.
  5. Drain the chickpeas and then put them back in the pan and add enough warm water to cover them again. Bring to the boil and add the olive oil, chopped onion, oregano and bay leafs.
  6. Turn the heat down to a simmer and place the lid on. Let the revithia cook for 1-2 hours, depending on the chickpeas, until tender. Add more water if necessary in order not to dry.
  7. If you prefer your soup to be thicker, during the end of cooking time add in a bowl the flour and lemon juice and pour gradually 1-2 ladles of the soup and whisk. Add the mixture slowly in the pan with the chickpeas and season. Stir gently for 2-3 minutes until the soup thickens.
  8. Serve this Greek chickpea soup while still warm with lots of Kalamata olives and crusted bread aside. Enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 1 portion
  • Calories: 595kcal
  • Sugar: 11.9g
  • Sodium: 490.4mg
  • Fat: 28.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 22.6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 68.9g
  • Fiber: 13.2g
  • Protein: 21.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Greek Chickpea Soup, Revithia Soupa, Revithada recipe, Revithosoupa