Egyptian Molokheya Soup

Preparation info

  • Serves

    6 to 8

    • Difficulty


Appears in

A Canon of Vegetables

A Canon of Vegetables

By Raymond Sokolov

Published 2007

  • About

This is the national soup of Egypt. The elite version is prepared with rabbit, but chicken is common and acceptable. Khalid M. Baheyeldin, a computer engineer from Alexandria now based in Canada, maintains a Web site ( containing, among much else, lore about molokheya. It transpires that a millennium ago the “mad Fatimid caliph al-Hakim bi Amrillah” forbade his subjects to eat molokheya. Why? Because “Mu’awya ibn Abi Sufyan