Flavours and Flair



October 2014




Written by , Posted in Savoury


Gigandes Plaki is a traditional Greek vegetarian dish that you will find in any taverna you go to in Greece.

I try and cook this every fortnight as it’s very healthy and tasty.

This is an oven-baked meal that consists of two main ingredients- beans and tomatoes.

To taste great, they should be the original gigandes- which you will find in any Greek deli or supermarket. However if you need to substitute, you can try large cannellini or lima beans.

This can be served as a side or main dish- and I love crumbling feta on top and eating it with some traditional Greek country bread (horiatiko psomi).



- 1/2 kilo of gigandes
- 5 ripe tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
- 1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup of parsley, chopped
- 1 cup of oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 litre of water


- Add the gigandes to a pot with enough cold water to cover the beans well. Bring to a boil and allow to cook simmer for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
- Using a wooden spoon, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil and add the tomatoes, parsley, tomato paste and salt and pepper. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes on low heat.
- Place the gigandes in an oven proof dish and add the tomato sauce mixture.
- Add 1 litre of water and stir the mixture through evenly.
- Cover with baking paper and foil and allow to bake for 1 and a half hours at 180 degrees celsius. (Check the beans and add more boiling water and cook longer  if required).