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By Claudia Roden

Published 1986

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Melokhia is one of Egypt’s national dishes. It is an ancient peasant soup, the making of which is believed to be portrayed in Pharaonic tomb paintings. The medieval melokhia seems to have been a little richer, incorporating fried minced meat and chicken balls. Today, only a few families add these.

This soup has all the qualities of the Egyptian peasant: his timelessness, his harmony with nature, the seasons and the soil. It seemed to us as children that the fellah</