Gigantes plaki à la Margarita

Recipe by Damaris Beems
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Course: MainsCuisine: Greek, Mediterranean




Cooking Time




Soaking of the beans


Total time





Giant beans, Greek white giant beans. I’ve know enough when hearing this. That sounds exciting. Whatever else comes next, I’m going to make it anyway. Joris’ cousin Margriet has a Greek partner and therefore knows greek cuisine through and through. Gigantes plaki is a classic recipe and I am very much into the classic dishes. They never disappoint you. And neither does this dish. In fact, it makes an indelible impression. καλσ ρεση, enjoy.


  • 400 gram Greek giant beans

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 2 onions

  • 1 small can of tomatopuree

  • 1 table spoon cinnamon

  • 1 table spoon dry oregano

  • 1 kilo ripe tomatoes

  • 500 ml organic tomato sauce

  • 1 bouquet parsley

  • 1 table spoon cayenne pepper or chili flakes (to your tasting)

  • olive oil

  • salt and pepper


  • Soak the beans in plenty of water for 24 hours. The ratio is 1/3 beans and 2/3 water. You could also soak them for a shorter time (about 8 hours), but then you will have to cook the beans longer.
  • Rinse the soaked beans. Boil the beans in plenty of water. This will take about 30-45 minutes if you have soaked them for 24 hours. They do not have to be cooked through and through, they can still keep some bite.
  • Don’t cut the onions too finely for the tomato sauce. Same goes for the garlic. It is a tough dish, it may look like that. Gently fry the onions in the olive oil until they are nice and golden. Then add the garlic for a few minutes. In the meantime, you can cut the tomatoes into pieces and then add them. Most of the juice of the tomatoes has to be reduced / evaporated for a delicious taste. Then add the tomato sauce and stir well. Now you can also add the herbs, the parsley, the cinnamon, cayenne pepper / chili flakes and oregano. Let it cook for a while and then add the tomato puree. Let the sauce boil for another 5 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Place the beans in an oven dish. Pour in the tomato sauce and stir well. Then put the dish in the oven. About 30 – 45 minutes. See for yourself how the dish is doing and whether it needs to be put in a little longer or not.
    When serving, you can sprinkle some vegan cheese over the dish and some fresh parsley.

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