Friday Food: Malfouf

Malfouf (?????) has a double meaning in Arabic, ‘cabbage’ + ‘rolled’ — and perhaps the perfect combination to describe this comforting dish in the Middle East!

‘Mahshi malfouf’ (???? ?????), or ‘stuffed cabbage’, is rolled with various rice fillings, & seems to be a local dish in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Finland, too!

This favorite Middle Eastern dish has fillings that differ depending on where you eat it! For instance, in Egypt, it is usually stuffed with rice while in Lebanon it is usually stuffed with rice and meat. Here’s a recipe you can try below, and adapt to your taste!

Servings: 10 people



For the Cabbage

  • Peel cabbage leaves. Bring a pot of water to boil.
  • Blanch cabbage leaves until soft and set aside.

For the Filling

  • Place rice in a bowl and cover with water. Let sit for 15 minutes and drain.
  • Mix the ricesaltspices, and meat.
  • Place a few leaves in the bottom of the pot to be used for cooking.
  • Take a small amount of filling and place in cabbage leaf. Roll into cigar shape and place in the pot.
  • Stack malfouf until the pot is full.
  • Mince garlic and spread on top layer of malfouf.
  • Place a plate on top of the malfouf in the pot, so that they don’t float.
  • Pour the broth into the pot.
  • Bring to a boil, and then turn down to a simmer.
  • Cover loosely with lid, so that steam can escape easily.
  • Cook until done, about 25 minutes or until broth has cooked off.
  • Remove lid and plate. Place the serving dish over the pot and then flip. Remove pot and serve immediately with yogurt and lemon wedges.

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