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Molukhia Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Culture


Jews mallow (ملوخية) is a traditional Egyptian dish that is very healthy and delicious. This is a leafy green plant with small yellow flowers that is used to prepare a very famous Egyptian dish.


We only need the leaves for the dish and they have to be chopped very finely. You can find it in the West in shops that sell Middle Eastern foods. You can buy it either frozen or dried. It can be prepared in the same way for either type.


Many people think that preparing Molukhia is hard, but in fact it is very easy. You need the following ingredients:

soup (meat or chichen)

1 onion

1 tomato (finely chopped) or a spoon of tomato paste

salt and pepper

This is how we prepare it.

Chop the onion and boil it with the chopped tomato or tomato paste in the soup. When it is half cooked, add the molukhia (either frozen or dried) and stir on very very low fire. Add salt and pepper as desired. Do not leave to boil for long. It needs to be thick to some extent, but you can add more soup as desired to make it thinner!


To add special extra flavor you can dice some onion and fry with dried coriander, then add it to the cooked molukhia!

You can eat it with rice, along with meat or chicken if you like.



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  1. Max:

    Aziza, you should do more cooking blogs (like the last one you did on Mahshi). Makes me want to go back to Cairo, just for the food. Actually, I have to admit that I didn’t know what the plant looks like unprocessed, even though when I was in Cairo I must have eaten it at least once a week. I could have sworn it was related to spinach somehow. I’ll try to find it here in the UK.

    Unfortunately, most Arab restaurants in the UK frown upon Egyptian staple foods like Molukhia, Kosheri or Fateer, so I have to make do with my own cooking.