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Louvi is black eyed beans.  When they are still fresh they are called louvi fresko (or ambelofassoula in Greece) and louvi xero (mavrommatika) when they are dried.

Louvi fresko can be eaten as a main dish but also as a salad to accompany other dishes.

Louvi xero can be eaten as a stew with chard but also as a salad.

Louvi Salad

Louvi me Kolokoui

Fresh Louvi with Kolokoui (a special variety of marrow)

The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!

Dried legumes are among the most nutritious foods available, because they are a good source of protein and can be a healthy substitute for meat, (which of course, has more fat and cholesterol than dried legumes).

Now that I am strictly following the Mediterranean Diet, I make it a point to prepare and serve dried legumes, at least once a week.  I am steadily losing about 1 kilo a week and that is a great achievement for me.

Black eyed beans is considered nutritious with a protein content of about 23%, fat content of 1.3%, fiber of 1.8%, carbohydate content of 67% and water content of 8-9%.  As in most legumes, the amino acid profile complements cereal grains.  It also contains nictinic acids, vitamins A, B1, B2 and C; and is an excellent source of calcium and folate.

The properties of Chard are so many that I will have to write all day. They are rich in vitamins  Κ, Α, C, Ε.  They are also rich in magnesium, potassium, iron, fiber and  if you would like to learn more, please read the link provided to learn aboutl its other properties.  Matched with the black eyed beans, olive oil and all the other ingredients contained in this dish you can understand how healthy and nutritious this is.

My mother used to cook Louvi me Lahana and to be frank I did not like it very much.   I am not sure exactly how she cooked it but I am sure that she did not saute the onion and she definitely did not add garlic.  She probably just boiled the beans with the chard and when serving we added olive oil and lemon juice.

I am sending this recipe to Tobias, of Tobias Cooks for his 8th Mediterranean Cooking Event:  Cyprus.

Louvi me Lahana (Black eyed Beans with Chard), recipe by Ivy

Preparation time:15 minutes

Cooking time:1 hour (including preparatory steps)

Serves:5

Ingredients:

  • 250 grams black eyed beans
  • 1 bunch of silverbeet or chard (about 3 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon, dill or fennel fronds
  • Salt (with moderation) and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup lemon Juice
  • 4 cups water

Directions:

  1. Put blackeyed beans in a pot  with water and boil for 15 minutes and drain.
  2. Meantime, wash and cut silverbeet in smaller pieces.
  3. Sauté the onion and garlic with olive oil and then add silverbeet and stir.
  4. Add the beans and season with salt and pepper.  Add lemon juice and water to cover all ingredients.
  5. Bring to boil, reduce heat and cook on low heat until the beans are soft.
  6. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice (optional).

 

For those of you reading my blog for the first time, you may find out about The Mediterranean Diet and find more Healthy Recipes here.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!

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Χωρίς σχόλια on Louvi (Black eyed Beans)

  1. Ο/Η tigerfish λέει:

    I know this is healthy and nutritious but I don't often cook with black-eyed beans and chard. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Ο/Η tasteofbeirut λέει:

    Ivy
    That is so funny! In Lebanon we also have a black eyed beans and chard recipe! so many similarities between the two cuisines. Yummy and nutritious is right and congrats on your steady loss of kilos!

  3. Ο/Η elly λέει:

    I LOVE chard and it's so good paired with beans. I must say that although I like black eyed peas, I don't think I've ever made them on my own. I'll have to work them into our bean rotation – we eat a lot of beans here too!

  4. Ο/Η tobias cooks! λέει:

    Hi Ivy, the roundup and voting is online have a look!

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  6. Ο/Η Elena λέει:

    Kalimera kai KAli Xronia!!!! :))))

    Ivy mou , ta mayromatika ginontai kai me kolokythakia stin kypro?????????
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  7. Ο/Η ivyliac
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    Teresa, I am fine thank you and yes my friend, it's another name for black-eyed peas.

  8. Ο/Η ivyliac
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    Natalia, invisible? I have a long way to go before I become invisible :)

  9. Ο/Η ivyliac
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    Η αλήθεια να λέγεται, ότι κάνουν καλό και για την τσέπη μας :)

  10. Ο/Η ivyliac
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    Reeni, I think kale would be a good substitute.

  11. Ο/Η ivyliac
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    Great Simona. You are lucky to have a garden with veggies.

  12. Ο/Η ivyliac
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    Hi Abigail. I've read in many blogs that they are considered to bring good luck. Now they'll bring both good luck and good health :) I'dd love to hear if you liked them.

  13. Ο/Η ivyliac
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    Nice to meet you Helen and thanks very much.

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