Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fresh Black Eyed Beans (Louvia)

Black Eyed Beans is a very popular dish in Cyprus, especially during fasting periods. Usually Black Eyes Beans are served with chards, canned tuna, black olives and onions. Chard is a green leafy vegetable that is known by several different names. The most commonly used name for this vegetable is Swiss Chard.Other names for chard include Silverbeet, Perpetual Spinach and Mangold.Chard is widely used in Mediterranean Cuisine.

Fresh Black Eyed Beans are cooked with green zucchinis and served with fresh green peppers, spring onions, cucumbers and tomatoes. What gives this dish its special taste, is the olive oil and the fresh lemon juice. You can also add salt to taste. This is a
light meal, with great nutritional value.

  • 1/2 kilo of black eyed beans
  • 2-3 medium size zucchinis
  • green pepper
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • spring onions
  • olive oil
  • salt, lemon

Shell the beans, put them in a large pan along with zucchinis, cover with water and let them cook until they become tender. It is a matter of preference really. When they are cooked, drain all water, put them in a bowl, add tomatoes , cucumbers, peppers and spring onions-all cut in small pieces-then add salt , lemon and olive oil, mix well and enjoy.