Louvi me kolokithia(Black eye beans/peas with palkapa zucchini)

Louvi me kolokithia(Black eye beans/peas with palkapa zucchini)

A low fat healthy meal!


Prep time

Cook time

Total time

Difficulty Degree


10-15 minutes

20-30 minutes

40 minutes


2 persons

In Cyprus black-eyed beans/peas are eaten with vegetables, olive oil, salt, and lemon  and the meal is accompanied with sardines, olives and fresh onion.

Yield: Makes 2 plates for 2 adults

You will need:

1/2 kg. Fresh Black eye beans/peas

2 small palkapa zucchini/courgettes

3-4 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil

Fresh lemon juice-to taste

sea salt and ground black pepper-(optional) to taste


1. Clean and rinse the black eye peas(cut the edges, and remove the seeds from palkapa zucchini/courgettes) and cut in pieces.

2. Put in a casserole with hot water, or in a steamer.

3. Cook until soft(should be ready when a sharp knive or a bamboo skewer  inserted into the cooked palkapa zucchini /courgettes is coming out easily). Drain them in a colander and serve with olive oil and lemon.


Tip of the Chef

Serve with black olives, onion and canned sardines in olive oil/salmon/tuna for a complete meal.



Tip of the Nutritionist

Fresh Black eye beans/peas and palkapa zucchini can be used as a part of the Mediterranean diet and can be included in a controlled programme to aid weight loss due to their high fiber content.


Zucchini is well known to reduce weight, yet still boosting the nutrient value of your diet. Moreover, it helps to promote eye health, and prevents all the diseases that occur from vitamin C deficiency like scurvy, sclerosis, and easy bruising. It helps to cure asthma and has a high content of vitamin C, carbohydrates, protein and fiber. Zucchini contains significant quantities of potassium, folate, and vitamin A, all of which are important for general good health. Zucchini, when eaten regularly, can effectively lower your homocysteine levels.