Discover the Delicious Tradition of Egyptian Molokhia Soup

Experience the warmth and comfort of a traditional Egyptian kitchen with this authentic Molokhia Soup recipe. A cherished dish made from nutrient-rich jute mallow leaves, this soup combines the heartiness of chicken broth with the unique flavors of garlic and coriander for a memorable culinary adventure.

Growing up in Alexandria, the nostalgia of preparing Molokhia with my grandmother fills me with joy. It’s a ritual that involves careful preparation of the jute mallow leaves, blending them into a rich, velvety soup flavored with a specially prepared tasha of garlic and coriander. This dish is a staple in Egyptian households, symbolizing the warmth and generosity of its people.

Join me as I share the secrets of making this exquisite soup, a recipe passed down through generations. From the sun-drenched gardens where the jute mallow leaves are tenderly cared for, to the bustling kitchens filled with the aroma of spices, this is more than just a soup; it’s a journey through Egyptian culture and tradition.

The Rich History of Molokhia Soup

The roots of Molokhia soup are deeply entwined with the history of Egypt, dating back centuries. Contrary to the popular belief that it was a dish reserved for pharaohs, recent research suggests its consumption spans across many generations, offering a glimpse into the daily lives of ancient Egyptians.

Crafting the Perfect Molokhia Soup

With the convenience of modern cooking techniques, anyone can recreate the magic of traditional Molokhia soup at home. Whether you choose to use fresh or frozen jute mallow leaves, the essence of this dish lies in its simplicity and the freshness of its ingredients.

Embark on a culinary adventure with this simple yet flavorful recipe. Let’s bring the taste of Egypt to your table!

Secrets to Molokhia Soup Success

Achieving the perfect Molokhia soup is an art. Here are some tips to ensure your soup is as authentic and delicious as it can be, from preserving its vibrant green color to achieving the ideal texture and flavor.

  • Toast coriander seeds to unlock their aromatic oils.
  • Maintain the right broth to molokhia ratio for perfect consistency.
  • Keep the pot uncovered to preserve color and texture.
  • Monitor the garlic carefully to prevent bitterness.
  • Gently incorporate frozen molokhia to prevent separation.
  • Simmer, don’t boil, to maintain the soup’s integrity.
  • Add grated tomato for a less slimy texture, if preferred.

Exploring Molokhia Variations

Molokhia is a versatile dish that reflects the diversity of Egyptian cuisine. Discover the subtle variations that can transform this classic soup, catering to different tastes and traditions.

Serving Suggestions for Molokhia Soup

Learn how to serve Molokhia Soup the Egyptian way. Whether accompanied by rice, bread, or meat, this soup is a celebration of flavor and tradition. It’s not just a dish; it’s an experience that brings people together.


For the Pickled Onions:

  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

For the Molokhia:

  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups homemade or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 14 ounces frozen minced molokhia, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, optional
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1 medium tomato, grated, optional
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Tasha:

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons ghee


  1. For the Pickled Onions: Combine vinegar, lemon juice, and onions. Let sit for at least an hour.
  2. For the Molokhia: Warm chicken stock in a Dutch oven. Add molokhia, cilantro, and garlic, simmering until edges bubble. Adjust consistency with stock or tomato as desired.
  3. For the Tasha: Pound garlic, coriander, and salt to a paste. Fry in ghee until golden, then incorporate into the soup.
  4. Serve the soup garnished with pickled onions, alongside warm pita bread and vermicelli rice.

Special Equipment

A 4-quart Dutch oven, mortar and pestle, whisk, and nonstick skillet are recommended for this recipe.


Frozen minced molokhia is available at Middle Eastern grocery stores. For fresh leaves, blend with warm broth before adding to the soup.

Make-Ahead and Storage

The garlic-coriander paste can be frozen for future use. Pickled onions can be prepared two days in advance.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
Calories 397
Fat 14g
Carbs 53g
Protein 16g

Gluten free,Vegan,Vegetarian,Low FODMAP,Mediterranean