Taste of Cyprus Local Food Black eyed peas with chard (Louvia me laxana)

Black eyed peas with chard (Louvia me laxana)


2 cups black eyed peas

small lemon (juice) + 1 tsp lemon zest

1 bunch Cypriot chards

olive oil & lemon for serving

salt & pepper


Step 1

Put the black eyed peas into water during the night because it is much easier to boil (However it is not necessary). By doing this, you do not have to change their water after the first boiling, and therefore, the peas do not loose their beneficial nutritional ingredients.

Step 2

Drain the peas and then put them in a pot with a lot of water, with the lemon juice and the zest. Let them boil, reduce the heat and cook on low heat for approximately 30-40 minutes, until the beans are soft.

Step 3

In the meantime, remove fiber from the chards by using a vegetable peeler. Then chop them. Put salt to the black eyed peas and then put the chards together in the pot with water. Stir and continue cooking until the beans and the chards are soft, but do not let them melt. Finally, serve with lemon and olive oil.







Top Stories

Greek PM: Observing covid measures vigilantly can prevent new lockdown

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis issued a renewed call to the Greek public to observe health measures against the dispersion of the novel coronavirus, in...

Nine new coronavirus cases detected out of 2,893 tests

The Ministry of Health has announced that 9 new cases of the SARS-CoV-II virus were detected in Cyprus over the past 24 hours out...

People must observe health protocols, Minister of Health stresses

Minister of Health, Constantinos Ioannou, said on Thursday that the goal is not to impose strict measures but rather to make people understand that...

Staff object to use of Famagusta Hospital as Reference Hospital

Doctors and nurses of the Famagusta General Hospital are up in arms about the continued use of it as the island's Reference Hospital for...

Papadouris sues Auditor General

Former Commissioner for Mountain Communities Giannakis Papadouris filed a lawsuit against Cyprus' Auditor General Odysseas Michailides, through the Christos Pourgourides & Sia law firm. As...



Sheftalies, a very tasty dish from the charcoal grill, are minced meat shaped into small sausages and wrapped in “panna” (suet). Panna is a...

Spicy grilled soutzoukakia

Place all ingredients for soutzoukakia in a bowl and mix well, preferably using a food processor, until well combined. Using the mixture, form cigar-shaped...


Pork souvlaki: Put the meat and all the other ingredients in a bowl (not metal) and mix well. Cover the bowl and keep in...

Pastelli (Carob Toffee)

The nutritional sweet of Pastelli is made with the syrup of carob pods, produced by boiling their pulp until it forms a thick, sticky...