[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 with mushrooms instead of chicken, and also served with basmati rice.
Baba Ganouj bil Khodra بابا غنوج بالخضرا
A slightly different take on one of the most famous and popular Middle Eastern mezze dips, this recipe comes from Fatma, from the city of Edlib. Like most baba ganouj, the eggplants are roasted in oven to give it a distincty smoky flavour, then combined with with tahini, garlic and lemon juice, but this recipe also adds parsley, white onion, red & green pepper, tomato, and fresh mint, and is finished with olive oil and pomegranate seeds. Served with fresh pita bread
Asawar El Sit أساور الست
A traditional Aleppan baklava made from phyllo dough that has been rolled into a cylinder, then again into the form of a ring (the name means “bracelet”). The small pastries are baked, sprinkled with simple syrup, and filled with finely chopped pistachios.
Newcomer Kitchen’s weekly pop-up take place on WEDNESDAYS.
Meals are available for pickup from The Depanneur, 1033 College Street (between Dufferin & Dovercourt) from 6–7pm
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Newcomer Kitchen is a new project that invites groups of Syrian newcomer women to use our kitchen to cook traditional Syrian dishes in a fun, social setting. Meals are prepared and packaged, and then sold online for pickup or delivery to pay for all the ingredients and provide a source of revenue for the cooks.
We also offer “Guest Cook” spots on Wednesdays where you can help & hang out in the kitchen, learn the recipes and join the ladies for family meal. These can now be booked via AirBnB Experiences.
Proceeds from the sale of meals goes directly to the newcomer cooks. However this does not cover the costs of the enormous amount of behind-the-scenes coordination required to keep this project going. You can support the Newcomer Kitchen project directly and our vision of expanding this model to support more women in more neighbourhoods!