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eating khobiza with a spoon

Khobiza Mallow Leaf Soup

  • Author: Lily
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Khobiza is a soup made from leafy mallow greens, fried garlic, cilantro, homemade chicken broth, and rice.


Units Scale
  • 8 cups chicken stock or duck stock
  • 8 cups mallow leaves
  • 4 cups swiss chard (roughly chopped)
  • 3 cups cilantro (roughly chopped)
  • 1.5 cups cooked rice (3/4 cups dry rice cooked ahead of time)
  • 14 garlic cloves minced finely
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp ground coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare the Khobiza Puree

  1. Take the leaves off of the khobiza plant. Wash the leaves very well.
  2. Wash and roughly chop the cilantro and swiss chard.
  3. In a large pot, boil 10 cups of water. Add the washed khobiza leaves, swiss chard, and roughly chopped cilantro. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes. 
  4. Drain the cooked khobiza, swiss chard, and cilantro. Using a food processor, blend into a puree.

Make the Khobiza Soup

  1. Add the chicken broth, khobiza puree, and cooked rice into a pot. Boil on high uncovered for about 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. In a separate nonstick skillet, add 2 tbsp of olive oil on medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic. Cook until the garlic starts to become a light to medium brown color. Add the ground coriander and stir the garlic.
  3. Once the khobiza soup has finished cooking, add the fried garlic on top. Mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.


  • If khobiza is not available, substitute equal parts swiss chard and baby spinach leaves.
  • Khobiza puree can be frozen.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Egyptian


  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 212 calories
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 840 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 11 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: khobiza, khobayza, mallow recipe, green goddess soup

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