Let’s see, how to write ملوخية in English?
How about Mulukhiyah, mloukhiya, molokhia, molokhiya, mulukhiyya, or malukhiyah?
No matter what you call it or how you write it, this green stew has been one of the most requested recipes on this blog! the funny thing is that I always seem to find the time to write the recipe over and over again in replies to emails and messages but I never seem to find the time to write a decent post about it on the blog!! Well that is about to change
For this month’s MENA club assignment, we were given a choice between Freekeh soup, Arabic coffee and Mulukhiyah. I was really tempted to post about Arabic coffee but since my kids love mulukhiyah so much and it is has been requested by so many of you, I decided to go with Mloukhiya!
If you are still staring at the title and the pictures and have never tried (or heard of) mloukiya before, allow me to explain. Mulukhyia commonly known as Nalta jute and tossa jute is a leafy green plant that is cooked and served in the form of a stew with chicken, beef or even rabbit meat in Egypt and the Levant.
The name Mulukhyia originates from the word Mulukia which means that which belongs to the royals. The story goes that this recipe which originated from Egypt was only served to the pharaohs. It was a food fit for royals because of its health benefits which you can read more about here. With time though the recipe found its way to the rest of the population and from there it spread to the neighbouring Levant .
For 4 people:
- 1 onion chopped
- 300 g beef cubes (the amount is really up to you, you can use goat meat or chicken, if you decide to use chicken you will need a whole chicken cut into 4 pieces)
- 1 liter of water
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 head of garlic peeled(less if you want)
- 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil to fry the garlic