Palestinian Molokhia Recipe

This is a recipe for Palestinian Molokhia, a popular dish in the Middle East made with jute leaves:

palestinian molokhia recipe


  • 2 lbs. fresh or frozen Molokhia leaves (also known as jute leaves)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. coriander, ground
  • 1 tbsp. cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2-3 tbsp. lemon juice

For serving:

  • Cooked white rice or bread


  1. If using fresh Molokhia leaves, wash and finely chop them. If using frozen leaves, let them defrost.
  2. In a large pot, sauté the diced onion and minced garlic in olive oil over medium heat until softened and lightly browned.
  3. Add the chopped Molokhia leaves to the pot and stir well.
  4. Add the coriander, cumin, salt, and black pepper to the pot and stir well to combine.
  5. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the Molokhia has thickened and become somewhat slimy in texture.
  7. Stir in the lemon juice and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  8. Serve the Molokhia hot with white rice or bread.

Enjoy your delicious and authentic Palestinian Molokhia!

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