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I wonder how many of you will be partying tomorrow night. I for one will be having a quiet evening with my lovely friends in their house by the sea, snapping the sun as it sets and going to bed long before midnight. But for those of you who are in a party mood, here is a very unusual Saudi dip made with mulukhiyah (the leaves of the Corchorus species that are commonly known as jew’s mallow) for you to share with your family and/or friends. It takes longer to prepare than a simple dip like hommus or baba ghannuge but it is also a lot more complex and it is a special night after all, at least for some. Hope you enjoy it and wishing you all a prosperous and healthy 2013!

Harissah al-Mulukhiyah

Serves 8

500 g lamb meat from the shoulder

4 cardamom pods

1 stick galingale

6 peppercorns

sea salt

500 g dried Mulukhiyah, ground fine in a food processor

150 ml extra virgin olive oil

400 g onion, finely chopped

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

200 g firm ripe tomatoes, diced like for tabbuleh

2 tablespoons tomato paste

200 g yoghurt

½ teaspoon finely ground pepper

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

juice of 1 lemon

Put the lamb in a pot, and add 4 ltr water. Bring to a boil, skim the water clean then add the whole spices and 2 tablespoons sea salt.

Fry the mouloukhya in the olive oil until the aroma rises. Set aside.

Fry the onion in 4 tablespoons olive oil until golden, then add the garlic. Mix well. Add the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are just wilted. Remove a little of the tomatoes to use as garnish.

When the meat is cooked, drain it, trim it of all fatty bits and shred it into thin flakes.

Add the meat to the onion and tomatoes and sauté for a minute or so. Add the tomato paste and 350 ml water. Cook until the water has reduced and the tomatoes have softened completely without becoming mushy.

Add the mulukhiyeh and ground spices. Mix well. Stir in as much broth as needed to have a thick purée. Add the yoghurt and simmer until the mixture has thickened. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with a little yoghurt and the reserved tomatoes as in the picture above. Serve with pita chips.

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    What a fascinating recipe… I had never heard of this dip before. All I know is Mulukhiyah with meat, rice, etc… or the plant in an African stew with crab and “bekwang” (a root similar to potato) dumplings.
    Could fresh ginger be substituted for galingale?

  • Warning: Undefined array key 36 in /data/40/0/131/109/783598/user/802494/htdocs/anissahelou/wp-content/themes/Anissa/functions.php on line 377

    yes, it is fascinating and good :). and i guess you can replace the ginger with galangal even if they are quite different.

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    I wish you a happy new year 2013, Anissa
    Une année treize très heureuse !
    This year, in my crystal ball, I see you making a voyage in a country beside the Caspian Sea to make us a report on the caviar… (Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran…)
    I hope not to make a mistake! …

  • Warning: Undefined array key 36 in /data/40/0/131/109/783598/user/802494/htdocs/anissahelou/wp-content/themes/Anissa/functions.php on line 377

    and a v happy new year to you too nidal and you never know, your crystal ball may well be telling the truth 🙂

  • Warning: Undefined array key 36 in /data/40/0/131/109/783598/user/802494/htdocs/anissahelou/wp-content/themes/Anissa/functions.php on line 377

    Sounds delicious! When they have fresh mulukhiyah do they chop it and make it more or less the same way, just frying it longer? Also, do they serve it as a dip with pita chips, or do they prefer fresh pita?
    Also, I’ve used only the fresh leaves. Do the dried ones also have that slimy quality?

  • Warning: Undefined array key 36 in /data/40/0/131/109/783598/user/802494/htdocs/anissahelou/wp-content/themes/Anissa/functions.php on line 377

    the pita chips are my idea. they would have it with fresh bread. and i assume they would fry the fresh mulukhiya longer although I cannot say for sure cos I made it with dry which is less ‘slimy’ 🙂 you can also use frozen.

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