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Saturday, August 4, 2007

The guessing game answer!!

Okay so no one got it right. I know it was tricky but that makes the fun worth.

Well the greens that I used is known as Molokhia (Jute Plant) that I got from an Arabic store. I used the frozen ones as fresh leaves are impossible to get in US.

Now, before you get too excited to get it, let me brief you about the taste and texture. This is the most slimy greens I have ever seen. The texture is viscous and gelatinous and is used mostly in soups with meat or chicken to give it a gumbo like texture.

Molokhia is a leafy, green, summer vegetable. A traditional dish in Egypt and Sudam, some people believe it originated among Egyptians during the time of the Pharaohs. Others believe that it was first prepared by ancient Jews. Molokhia is nutritious soup made from a type of greens, known as Molokhia or Jew's mallow (also called Nalta jute, Tussa jute, Corchorus olitorius), which is found throughout and in other Arab countries with the same climate as well as in Israel. Dried or frozen molokhia greens may be obtained from Middle Eastern stores worldwide.

Since I am a vegetarian I tried to make a sabji with jeera and garlic but was highly disappointed not with the taste but with the texture. And the white specks that you saw in the sabji is garlic and not paneer! sorry

13 comments:

Asha said...

WHOA!! NEVER heard of this!! Good to know know,thanks girl:)

RP said...

Wow! Why didn't I think of that? Have been in the middle east for a few years, and we used to love molokhia with chicken. Wonderful with Pita bread. Totally forgot about these leaves until I see this.

Foodie said...

Thanks Asha and RP for your comments.

Priya said...

I missed the game but you have been quite adventurous here :)

Sig said...

Never heard of these greens... sounds like might be great with meat! BTW, my first time here, and love your blog!

Foodie said...

Thannks priya and sig for your wonderful comments.

Jyothsna said...

I live in the ME and have seen these leaves, never tried them though! Now that you say, I should try :)

musical said...

Thats totally new! the picture looked so lusious and creamy, with the prepared bhaaji. do you think they are worth trying once? i ask, cuz' you mention that you weren't happy with the texture.

Foodie said...

Thanks Jyothsana and Musical for your comments.
Musical if you are a non-vegetarian you can try with some kind of chicken soup or with any other meat soup. As it gives soup the body and act as a thickening agent with the gelatinous quality.
I am a vegetarian and so just made a sabji out of it but was not happy with how it felt in my mouth. The taste was good. So you can atleast try once with meat and see if it incorporates with the meat flavors and give out a better taste and texture. Hope this helps you my dear.
Hugs

Foodie said...

Thanks Sig for such good words. I am glad you liked my blog.
Thanks

Rachna said...

ok these greens are new to me... nice blog zaayka, ive gone through all yur loooovely recipes, yu r the combo queen like i said b4 :)

Roopa said...

never heard of this greens!

Kajal said...

Never heard these greens my dear BTW you are great cook.....I tag you if you like to play ME ME