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Malfoof Recipe

Looking for an easy Malfoof recipe? Learn how to make Malfoof using healthy ingredients.

Submitted by hananabanana

Makes 28 servings

Middle Eastern Stuffed cabbage cigar rolls

Recipe Ingredients for Malfoof

1 head medium cabbage
2 medium tomatoes
170 grams of White rice
1 can of minced meat
2 fruits of lemon
1 teaspoon of dried mint leaves, crushed
2 Fresh garlic cloves
1 tbs Spices
1 dash of salt

Recipe Directions for Malfoof

  1. How to prepare the cabbage:

  2. Let water boil in a big pot

  3. Place the whole cabbage in the boiling water for a few seconds. Start removing the leaves, as they get soft and peel off easy. Continue until all desired size leaves are removed. Keep the balance for later use.

  4. Now, with a knife, cut off the "middle rib" of each leave, that is too "rigid", without taking it off completely, in order to keep the whole leaf. Just make it thinner. Do not throw the cut off "ribs". Add them up to the "un-rollable" remain of the cabbage for a later use.

  5. The Stuffing Mixture:

  6. Put one of the tomatoes in the boiling water for a few seconds, take it out, and peel its skin off. Cut it all in cubes, as small as possible.

  7. Place the tomato cubes, the rice (which you must have washed

  8. thoroughly, previously) and the minced meat in a bowl, add the spices and the salt (to taste. But bear in mind that we'll be using water, another tomato, the remaining "ribs" as well as garlic and two lemons' juice, later on. These can support some extra salt)

  9. Mix them all well.

  10. Prepare for cooking:

  11. Slice the second tomato in circles, and place them in the bottom of a middle sized pot, covering it up, if possible. Now, take the "left over" rib cuts and the remaining smaller leaves, and spread them on top of the tomatoes. This will allow a perfect simmering of the "cabbage cigar rolls", without any burning or overcooking.

  12. Place a "line" of the mixture on the border of the cabbage leaf, and

  13. start rolling it like a cigar, after bringing its two extremities to the

  14. inside, in order to seal it. You should have a "cabbage cigar roll"

  15. thing, when properly done. Try to adjust the size of each leaf. The big first ones may need to be divided.

  16. As each "cigar" is rolled, place it in the pot, in a circular manner (as

  17. in a bicycle wheel shape). They should be close to each others though.

  18. Bear in mind that they will expand during cooking time, because of the rice).

  19. When the first layer is completed, place 4 to 6 peeled garlic cloves

  20. symmetrically on to, and start the second layer. repeat with the garlic cloves, until all cigars have been placed.

  21. Now, take a dish, (choose a size that will fit INSIDE the pot), turn it

  22. upside down, cover the last cigar layer with it, and ZIP the cigars

  23. slightly... sorry, I mean "compress" them a little, with the palm of

  24. your hand. As you keep the pressure, add water, until your hand is fully covered with water, as your pressure hasn't been released.

  25. KEEP the dish there. Let it simmer on a very low heat, 45 to 60 minutes.

  26. When you see they are cooked, remove the dish, and leave it simmering.

  27. Sprinkle the crushed mint leaves equally on top. Now, squeeze the two lemons, and pour the juice over the mint leaves.

  28. Let it simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes.

  29. Serve and enjoy!


Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 55.8g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 25%
Calcium 2% Iron 3%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.


Calorie Breakdown
Nutrition Breakdown
Daily Values
Daily Values

Health Information

Nutrition Grade
95% confidence
  Good points
  • No saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • High in dietary fiber
  • Very high in vitamin C
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