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Friday, July 8, 2011

ALCEA - MALLOW POTTAGE WITH MEAT AND CHICKPEAS RECIPE

MALLOW DISH
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L. Malva sylvestris, Fr. mauve alcée, Eng hollyhock mallow, cheeseweed because the seedpods look like miniature cheeses. Malva, the Latin name, is derived from the soft, emollient feel of the plant. Mallow is a native of China. The English believe it was brought to the British Isles from the Holy Land. Romans cultivated it as an herbal plant. The roots, pods and seeds, like other species of the Malva family, are eaten raw in salads. Anon. Andalus provides a recipe for a meat and chickpea stew in which the leaves are cooked as a vegetable. The purple edible flowers have been used to decorate dishes in the daylight. They close at night. The roots and leaves were dried to use in infusions with honey to relieve coughs and irritated throats. In large doses, infusions were drunk as a purgative. Also, they were taken to relieve gastro-intestinal irritation. Laguna prescribed a remedy calling for roots boiled with sweet wine. The English added mallows to medicinal baths. [Alonso, Martín. 1994:I:A:226; Anón/Huici.1966: 286:164; Espasa. 1988:4:ALAL:265:965-966: Font. Plantas. 1999:282:404-406; Layton. 1948:34; Nuevo dicc. 1888:I:87; Rickert. 1966: 68; and Usher.1974:37]

DISH OF MALLOW WITH FLOUR ADAPTED FROM HUICI'S TRANSLATION
OF ANÓN AL-ANDALUS #286 HECHURA DE MALVA CON HARINA, p. 164 
For 4 persons

Ingredients

1 ½ lbs beef (Perry says jerked, Huici says meat mashed in a mortar)
8 oz chickpeas soaked overnight
1 chopped onion
1 tsp coriander seed
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste
1 cup mallow leaves
1-2 tbsp flour
2 eggs

Preparation

Cut meat into cubes and roast it (Perry says on a spit). When done put it in a pot and cover with water. Add soaked chickpeas, chopped onion, coriander seed, pepper, oil and salt place on medium to low heat and simmer for one hour or until chickpeas are tender. Wash mallow leaves and chop them. Add them to pot. Beat two eggs, slowly mix in flour flour, add some broth and stir until smooth and pour into the pot to thicken broth and serve.

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