This Molokhia recipe is one of my family recipes that I have converted for you to cook in your Thermomix. It was taught to me from Mum’s Mum, Yiayia (Grandma) Yvette. Her Mum taught her when they lived in Egypt and now you too can cook it with your Thermomix.
Molokhia, Molokheya, Mulukhiya
There are many different names to this dish depending on where you are from. Molokhia, Molokheya, Mulukhiya, Moloka, molokheyya, mulukhiyyah, Jews Mallow, Jute Mallow, Mallow Leaves and I’m sure many others too. We always pronounce it Mo-lo-h-i-a. Just like the name differs so does the type of meat that is used. My grandma always made it for us with lamb or chicken but I know it can also be made using rabbit or seafood too.
The Molokhia are leaves that are finely minced and boiled in broth or water and meat to create the broth. It is then heavily topped with garlic which creates a very aromatic flavour. It can have a slight slimy texture, kind of like cooked okra but it is what I know most who enjoy this dish like about it. Of course you can increase or decrease the amount of water or broth depending on the texture you prefer.
Serving Your Molokheya
Once the Molokheya is cooked it can be served as is for a low carb option or more commonly it is served over rice or with some pita. You could even try it with some cauliflower rice if you liked. The dish is kind of like a soup or stew really. It is a very simple recipe yet still has so much flavour in it.
Where To Find Molokhia
I know the older generation use to grow the leaves in the back yard and cut them fresh to cook but these days it is more common to buy the minced Molokhia. It is often readily available from a European, Asian or Indian deli. I do know of some large supermarkets that stock it in their freezers too. My suggestion would be to google “Molokhia packets near me” and you will be sure to find a stockist.
Now that you know how to find a frozen packet of the Molohkia, here is the recipe for you to try!
8 small garlic cloves, peeled
180g onion, peeled and halved
600g lamb chops (or any preferred meat like beef, chicken or a mix)- remove any thick fat
40g tomato paste
400g frozen minced Molokhia, roughly chopped
40g lemon juice (or white vinegar)
2 tsp salt or to taste
25g ground coriander
1. Add garlic (8) to bowl and chop 3 seconds/speed 7. Set aside all but 1 tsp. Leave that in the bowl.
2. Add onion (180g) and grate 3 seconds/speed 7. Scrape down sides.
3. Wash the meat (600g) and add to bowl.
4. Add water (800g) to cover the meat. Boil 20 minutes/120 degrees/reverse/slowest speed.
5. Add the tomato paste (40g), molokhia (400g), lemon juice (40g) and salt (2 tsp). Cook for 55 minutes/100 degrees/reverse/slowest speed.
6. Add dried coriander (25g) to garlic paste and mix through.
7. In a pan add butter (120g) and melt on high heat on the stove.
8. Add the garlic paste to the melted butter and cook until browned and aromatic.
9. Add the garlic mixture to the bowl of molokhia.
10. Cook molokhia for a further 5 minutes/100 degrees/slowest speed.
11. Serve over some boiled rice.
Cooking time may vary depending on the size and type of meat you use.