Mouloukhiek was an Arabic dish that I had heard a lot about but never had the pleasure of tasting. At all the grocers here in Saudi I have saw huge green stalks of the leafy green vegetable with tons of people grabbing them up. I thought that dish must be good if that many people are making it. I cannot say this is an actual eye pleasing dish myself as my first reaction was like ‘what is it’. But after I tried it I really loved everything about it and now see why it’s so popular throughout Arab countries. This is a bath my mother in law made and her recipe as well, she made a chicken version because I love chicken. Many people use lamb or a chicken and lamb mixture as well as rabbit. This dish is typically served with white rice and pita bread.
4 pounds fresh mouloukhiek, picked, cleaned and dried
1 large chicken, cut up
salt, to taste
1 onion, chopped
8 garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup lemon juice
5 cups chicken broth
1. In 4-quart saucepan add water and salt, add chicken. Bring to a full boil then reduce to low and cook until fully cooked. About 45 minutes. Shred chicken when finished. Cover and keep warm. Cut dried mouloukhiek up with a knife.
2. In another saucepan on medium heat add butter. Fry onions and garlic until tender. Add cilantro and coriander. Add mouloukhiek and lemon juice with chicken broth.
3. Bring to a full boil then reduce to low. Cover and allow to sit until ready to serve.
Yields: 6 servings