[chicken] Molokhia ملوخية
Molokhia is dish that goes by many names; I’ve come across at least half a dozen English spellings alone. While a popular dish throughout the Middle East, it is virtually unknown in North America. It’s based on the leaves of the jute plant (the same one that produces jute fibre for rope & fabric), but known by many other names as well, including West African sorrel, bush okra and Jew’s mallow. This plant has been under cultivation in the Levant for millennia, and was likely on the table of the ancient Egyptians.
The leaves can be found fresh (only rarely in Toronto), frozen, dried or powdered. For the Syrian version of this dish, dried whole leaves are preferred for the best flavour; they are cooked with garlic, coriander and lemon. The cooked greens are topped with shredded chicken that has been poached separately in a broth with onion and spices, and served alongside basmati rice.
[vegetarian] Molokhia ملوخية
The same dish, but without chicken, instead served with a savoury haloumi & mozzarella cheese fatayer (pastry).
One of the most famous and popular Middle Eastern mezze dips; smoky eggplant dip with yogurt, tahini & garlic. The Syrian version is often beautifully garnished with pomegranate molasses, pomegranate seeds and parsley. Served with fresh pita bread
Probably my all-time favourite Syrian dish I’ve discovered through Newcomer Kitchen. A spectacular dessert composed of many layers of paper-thin crepes, seasoned with turmeric, ginger, anise and black sesame – traditionally cooked on the large domed saj oven – which are layered with rich sauce made from sesame halva, and garnished with fried walnut pieces.
Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur,
1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm
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