Egyptian Delicacy: Molokhia with Rabbit


Dive into the rich culinary heritage of Egypt with Molokhia, a traditional dish made from finely chopped jute leaves, simmered to perfection with tender rabbit meat. This hearty, flavorful stew is a beloved staple in Egyptian cuisine, known for its unique texture and savory taste. Paired with rice or bread, Molokhia with Rabbit offers a true taste of Egypt that will transport your taste buds to the banks of the Nile.

Egyptian Delicacy: Molokhia with Rabbit

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 380 kcal
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 800mg


  • 1 whole rabbit (about 1.5 kg/3.3 lbs), cut into pieces
  • 500g (1.1 lbs) fresh or frozen molokhia (jute leaves), finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken or rabbit broth
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or ghee
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Steamed rice or pita bread, for serving

Method of Preparation

  1. Rinse the rabbit pieces under cold water and pat dry. Season with salt and black pepper.
  2. In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of oil or ghee over medium heat. Add the rabbit pieces and brown them on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, add the remaining oil or ghee. Add the chopped onions and sauté until golden brown. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Return the rabbit pieces to the pot. Add the broth, bay leaf, ground coriander, and ground cumin. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 1.5 hours, or until the rabbit is tender.
  5. If using fresh molokhia, finely chop the leaves. If using frozen molokhia, allow it to thaw. Add the molokhia to the pot and stir well.
  6. Simmer the mixture for an additional 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add lemon juice and adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Serve the Molokhia hot, accompanied by steamed rice or pita bread.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a richer flavor, use ghee instead of vegetable oil.
  • Ensure the molokhia is finely chopped to achieve the desired texture of the stew.
  • Adjust the thickness of the stew by adding more or less broth as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken instead of rabbit?

  • Yes, chicken is a common substitute and works well in this dish. Adjust the cooking time as chicken may cook faster than rabbit.

What if I can't find fresh or frozen molokhia?

  • Dried molokhia can be used as a substitute. Rehydrate it in warm water before adding to the stew.

How can I reduce the sliminess of molokhia?

  • Cooking molokhia with lemon juice helps to reduce its natural sliminess and enhances the flavor.

Experience the authentic flavors of Egypt with Molokhia with Rabbit, a dish that combines the rustic charm of tender rabbit meat with the unique, aromatic taste of molokhia. Perfect for family gatherings or special occasions, this traditional stew is sure to become a favorite in your culinary repertoire.