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taro root with garlic and cilantro

Taro Root Stew Recipe - Egyptian Kolkas

  • Author: Lily
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


One of my favorite dishes is Egyptian taro root stew in garlic cilantro sauce. This taro recipe is also known as kolkas in Egypt.



  • 4 cups taro root chopped into 1" (2.5 cm) cubes
  • 4 cups roughly chopped swiss chard
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves (packed down)
  • 6 cups broth (duck or chicken are the best)
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • Salt to taste (depends on the salt level of the broth)


Prepare the Taro Root

  1. Cut the outside layer of the taro root off like you would a pineapple. Slice the root into 1" (2.5 cm) cubes.
  2. Boil the taro root in broth covered for about 10 to 20 minutes while preparing the garlic cilantro sauce. Each taro root is different, so the cooking time may differ. The taro is done when it's color is all white, and it's very tender to cut.

Prepare the Kolkas Garlic Cilantro Green Sauce

  1. In a large nonstick frying pan on medium heat, add the ghee. Once the ghee has melted, add the whole cloves of garlic and cover with a lid. Cook for around 8 to 10 minutes flipping the garlic halfway.
  2. Once the garlic is soft enough to mash with a fork, mash the garlic in the pan with a fork. Add the chopped swiss chard and cilantro leaves. Add the salt. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, swiss chard, and cilantro mixture to a food processor. Blend on high.

Combine the Ingredients

  1. Pour the blended garlic cilantro sauce into the taro and broth mixture.
  2. Continue to cook on high heat for about 10 minutes so that the flavors infuse.
  3. Serve with rice and a squeeze of lime.


  1. Taro might be hard to find, so white potatoes, yucca, or parsnips can be substituted. 
  2. Taro root can be peeled, cut into chunks, and frozen for up to 4 months in an airtight bag.
  3. The garlic cilantro sauce can be made in bulk and frozen.
  4. The nutrition facts do not include rice.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Egyptian


  • Serving Size: 1.5 cups
  • Calories: 328 calories
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 143 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 16 g
  • Cholesterol: 6 mg

Keywords: kolkas, qolqas, taro root, taro recipe, taro stew, taro soup, egyptian oless

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