I remember when I was young my mum used to make a porridge with a type of green leaves that was blended to a juice using a mortal and pestle and the juice was mixed into semolina or white raw rice to make a thick porridge which was served with a spicy gravy left over from the previous days lunch or dinner and sometimes a katta sambol or with a piece of juggery for the little ones to make them eat the green healthy porridge for the love of sweet juggery.
Since moving into Dubai I have never seen those leaves and even if I do see a few variety of leaves I cannot recognize them.
Few months back I was walking towards the frozen vegetables section and was very inquisitive to find out what those small packets that was labelled as molakia were and asked my husband. He confirmed it was those same green leaves I used to drink long time back as a porridge. As a person who dint have English as a mother language I only knew what the leaves were called in Tamil and Sinhala. it was modakathan. I decided to buy those packs and try them out although I was a bit in doubt as to what they might be and how they might taste.
I tried the traditional recipe that was passed to me by my family.
Recipe for molakia with semolina
100 gms molakia leaves (chopped)
1/2 cup semolina
2 pinches of salt
2 teaspoons of thick coconut milk
3 cups Water
1. Wash the semolina and add into a pot with room temperature water and molakia leaves.
2. Sprinkle two pinches of salt.
3. And cook over a medium low heat stirring continuously until the semolina is cooked and the mixture starts to boil.
4. Add two teaspoons of thick coconut milk and continue cooking while stirring continuously until the mixture boils again to heat the coconut milk for about 2-3 minutes on a low flame.
5. Turn of heat and serve warm with a gravy or katta sambol for a spicy breakfast and if you fancy something sweet try having it with a piece of good juggery or a couple of dates for those who prefer something healthy.
This dish serves 2.
This is a very healthy dish for breakfast.
Below I have uploade a picture of the molakia packet which I believe you can find it easily at any supermarket in the UAE.
I have tried two different brand of this leaves and they all taste exactly same.
Hope you enjoy this delicious and healthy dish for your breakfast.