Jews mallow aka mlookhia recipe
Jews mallow is a leafy green which when cooked, becomes a somewhat slimy soup/stew. Sounds unappetizing doesnt it? Like many other staples throughout any culture, this can be somewhat of an acquired taste. It is a very common dish in the average Middle Eastern household. Mlookhia is served with white rice and lemon wedges on the side.
There are two different types of Mlookhia. The first type is a homogenous soup. (This is the one I am making in this recipe.) If you are making this type, you can buy the frozen mlookhia from any middle eastern grocery store. There are many brands of frozen Mlookhia (Ziyad, Zdan, Sultan and many more.)
The second type is chunkier because you leave the Mlookhia leaves whole/ they are not already emulsified like they are in the frozen Mlookhia package. If you would like to make this type of chunky mlookhia, you should buy the dry leaves (also purchased at a Middle Eastern grocery.)
-1 package frozen mlookhia
-1/2 cup chicken broth
– 1 cup water
-1 small/medium sized onion
– 1 teaspoon oil for sauteeing the onion
-1 teaspoon garlic
-1/2 teaspoon oil for sauteeing the garlic
-A dash of salt and black pepper
-Lemon wedges for garnish
1.) If you are cooking one package of frozen mlookhia, then do as follows.
Sauté one small-medium sized onion in about a teaspoon of oil (your choice of olive or corn oil.)
2.) Add half a cup of water to the onion.
3.) Add a chicken bouillon cube or 1 cup chicken broth.
4.) Add the frozen package of mloukheya and let it boil uncovered for about 10 minutes. Stir when needed.
5.) Add a bit of salt and black pepper, to taste.
6.) Add a heaping teaspoon worth of minced garlic to a separate pan and saute in about 1/2 a teaspoon of oil. Once the garlic is a golden brown, add it to the mloukheya.
7.) Serve the mlookhia hot with rice and some lemon wedges on the side.
*Mlookhia is typically cooked with slightly seasoned chicken pieces in the stew. It is up to you to include the chicken in this dish or keep it vegetarian by doing no chicken and subbing out veggie broth for the chicken broth. I typically have meal prepped chicken on hand in the fridge so it is easy to include it if I so choose.
*You can sauté cilantro with the garlic if you have any.
*Mlookhia is a very low calorie dish. If you are trying a grain-free diet/lifestyle, feel free to sub out the rice on the side with cauliflower rice instead. I’ve tried this little trick before and you really don’t miss the rice when you squeeze the lemon wedge on top of the mlookhia. The taste of the cauliflower is completely gone this way.