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Alternative names Moghli, Meghleh, Karawiya
Place of origin Levant
Region or state Middle East
Serving temperature for people greeting a mother who delivered her baby or during christmas
Main ingredients Powdered Rice, sugar, anise, caraway, cinnamon, coconut, almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, walnuts

Meghli, moghli, meghleh, (Arabic: مغلي‎), or karawiyah, is a Levantine dessert based on a floured rice pudding and spiced with anise, caraway, and cinnamon. The dish is often garnished with dried coconut flakes and various nuts including almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, and pistachios.[1] Meghli is commonly served to celebrate the birth of a child.[2][3]


The name 'meghli' means “boiled” in Arabic, referring to the long time (up to an hour) it must be continuously stirred while boiling.[4]


The dish was traditionally served to celebrate the birth of a male heir, but has now became a dessert to celebrate any newborn.[4] The caraway is thought to assist the new mother in lactating and reduces bloating.

Meghli is also served during the Christmas holiday in recognition of the birth of Christ. Meghli is also symbolic of fertile soil , which is brown like the Meghli.[citation needed]

In Lebanon, it is often served cold. In Syria and Jordan, it is commonly called karawiya (the Arabic name for caraway) and more commonly served warm.

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  1. ^ Dalal A. Holmin, From the Tables of Lebanon: Traditional Vegetarian Cuisine, Book Publishing Company (TN); 1 edition (June 1997), pg 164
  2. ^ Meghli Archived 2010-02-17 at the Wayback Machine., Arabicnews,com
  3. ^ Kamal Mouzawak, Merry Meghli! Archived 2012-07-15 at, Poetry of Food,, retrieved 3-7-2010
  4. ^ a b Anissa Helou, Lebanese Cuisine: More Than 250 Authentic Recipes From The Most Elegant Middle Eastern Cuisine, St. Martin's Griffin (June 15, 1998), pg 241