Mlokhia (Jews Mellow)

Mlokhia (Jews Mellow)My Aunt’s recipe for Mlokhia (Jews Mellow) is absolutely amazing. Whenever she invites us over for dinner and we know this is on the menu, we always get excited. Mlokhia is seasonal so its heartbreaking when fresh leaves are unavailable for purchase. However, lucky for me, my aunt always prepares large batches and freezes them so we can enjoy this delicious stew all year round. You can also use frozen mlokhia found in grocery stores or dried leaves.

Mlokhia (Jews Mellow)

Most of the hard work is prepping the leaves such as washing them and removing the stems. Everything else is easy! If you want a fail proof recipe and want to impress family and in laws then look no further! Every person has their own version of the recipe but its nice to try a different version and see which recipe you like best.

Mlokhia (Jews Mellow)
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Serves: 6
  • For the chicken stock:
  • 1 whole chicken or 2 chicken thighs with bone and skin
  • 2 liters of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 20 peppercorns
  • 10 cardamom cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 20 cloves
  • 1 inch dried piece of ginger
  • ½ onion
  • For the stew:
  • 3 cups fresh mlokhia leaves
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 3 tbs vegtable oil
  • 1 tbs coriander powder
  • green chili (optional)
  • 2 bunches cilantro (about 2 cups chopped) leaves and stems!
  • 2 tsp salt
  • juice from 2 lemons
  1. Place all of the ingredients for the chicken stock in a pressure cooker and cook for at least an hour.
  2. In a heated stock pot place 3 tbs of vegetable oil and add the 2 heads of smashed garlic and coriander powder. Cook until fragrant. About two minutes
  3. Add the fresh leaves and sauté for about 4 minutes
  4. Add the chicken stock, chopped cilantro, lemon juice and salt
  5. Cook on medium heat for about an hour


  • Tips: You can choose to add chopped chili to make it spicy or add more or less lemon juice depending upon your preference.
  • Best served with hot, fresh rice.
  • Do not remove cilantro leaves from the stem. Please use the stems as well. They contain most of the flavor!!
  • You can choose to add shredded chicken into the mlokhia stew however my Aunt always left it on the side.



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