FamilyChef: Molokhia

Welcome to WFP's new recipe series. Explore the culinary treasures and cooking abilities of refugees who benefit from WFP's cash and vouchers, an initiative that allows individuals to buy the food they need to cook their traditional dishes.

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1) Rinse the molokhia leaves and soak them in water for 2-3 minutes.

molokhia leaves

2) Place the molokhia leaves in a stew pot.

3) Add the chicken, chickpeas and enough water to cover the contents.

Chicken and chickpeas

4) Cover the pot and let it cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

A pot

5) For the sauce: mix finely diced garlic, red pepper and coriander into a separate pan until warm.

The sauce being cooked

6) Pour the sauce over the molokhia mix and add a final squeeze of lemon juice.

The sauce being pured into a pan

Plates of Molokhia

Molokhia is a dish typically served to guests and is usually accompanied with a side of rice. As it is a very traditional dish in Syria, Sahar was surprised to learn that molokhia leaves are not grown or cooked in Turkey since communities in southeast Turkey and Syria share many cultural and culinary similarities.

A Syrian family eating Molokhia

Cash And Vouchers

A WFP cash and vouchers card
Photo: WFP/Jane Howard

WFP delivers hundreds of thousands of tons of food each year, but, increasingly, we give hungry people cash or vouchers to buy food for themselves. Learn more about WFP's cash and vouchers programmes.


Syrian refugees shopping for food in a market
Photo: WFP/Eyad Al Baba

WFP uses innovative ways to deliver food assistance, such as scratch cards or “e-vouchers” sent to mobile phones by text message.
WFP and the Turkish Red Crescent launched the e-food card programme in 2012 in Turkey. The initiative enables Syrian refugees to cook their own meals using fresh ingredients they can buy in the local markets. Read more about WFP's E-Food card programme (PDF, 1.48 MB).