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Louvi – Mavrommatika (Black eyed beans) in tomato sauce


It’s difficult to cook for a family when you can’t get the whole family to eat the same thing. My children are not very fond of legumes and most of the times I have to cook two meals so that everyone will eat.

I have made it a rule to cook legumes at least once a week. I tried black eyed beans in a few ways but it didn’t work. I have managed to make them like spinach by making spanakopitas so I also tried spanakoryzo and they ate it. Not that they were thrilled but at least they did not reject it as they do with other food.

After that, I adapted that recipe and made it with black eyed beans so that they can eat healthy food.

Don’t expect me to say that they were thrilled but at least I got them to try it and hopefully one day I am sure they will love it as much I do.

Mavrommatika or Louvi in tomato sauce (Black eyed beans)

Servings: 4

Preparation time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • 250 gr. of black eyed beans
  • 250 gr. of silverbeet, white beet or chard
  • 250 gr. of spinach
  • 5 – 6 spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup of finely chopped herbs such as dill, parsley, fennel (or a combination of all)
  • 1 tin of whole tomatoes, blended (during the summer I use fresh tomatoes)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Boil black eyed beans for about ten minutes and drain.
  2. While beans are boiling wash all the vegetables and herbs. Boil spinach and silverbeet without adding any water for 5 minutes and drain vegetables as well.
  3. Sauté the onions and add the spinach and silverbeet. Add the black-eyed peas, the herbs, salt and pepper as well as the tomatoes. Add water to cover them and simmer until the sauce has melded and thickened.

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5 Responses

  1. Peter M

    Pritzzzzzzzzz, someone just had some “mavra matia”! lol

    All kidding aside, the dish sounds good, healthy and filling.

  2. Ivy

    Yes and that’s why I have to insist that they should eat legumes even once a week.

  3. Laurie Constantino

    Ivy, just to give you some hope, I never ate a tomato until I was 26, and didn’t like most vegetables until about the same age. Now, as you know, I’ll eat most anything (except brains and sea squirts and maybe something else I can’t think of right now). People’s tastes really change as they grow up, that’s for sure. And your recipe for black-eyed peas sounds great!

  4. Cynthia

    Look at perfection – capturing the steam itself!

  5. Ivy

    Always have this problem with the steam. I need some photography lessons (lol).