Cypriot & Vegan: Louvana

Before I tell you about the Cypriot dish we made I want to take a second to say – I LOVE SKYPE! 🙂 Otherwise I wouldn´t be able to cook with so many people. And I never would make it to my goal of 50 vegans this year! But I´m pretty positive to make it now! 🙂 Thanks a lot, Skype!

Okay we made another soup dish – my Cypriot Skype teacher Ana and me – although it´s rather a puree than a soup. I mean it´s cold outside and what helps better to warm you up then a wonderful delicious hot pea soup? 🙂

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The soup/puree we made is called Louvana. It´s usually made during times of fasting as it contains no meat or dairy products. So it´s vegan by itself! The soup is made with ‚louvana‘ which are small, yellow split peas. That´s where the name is from. But you really can use any yellow peas or split peas for this delicious soup. And here´s what you need else:

Louvana

  • 300 g yellow split peas/louvana/yellow peas
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • 1 big cup rice
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • the other 1/2 lemon, cut into wedges for serving

Wash the peas, put in a pot with about 1l water. Bring to a boil.

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I the meantime you can chop the onions. Heat olive oil in a frying pan. Add onions. Fry until lightly browned.

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When peas are almost done add the rice and the fried onions with oil. Cook until rice is soft as well.

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Add salt to taste. Add lemon juice. Serve with lemon wedge to be squeezed to individual taste. You also could drizzle some oilve oil onto the soup.

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Καλή όρεξη / Afiyet olsun

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