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Alternative names Moghli
Place of origin Lebanon
Region or state Middle East
Main ingredients Rice, sugar, anise, caraway, cinnamon, coconut, almonds or pistachios
Cookbook: Meghli  Media: Meghli

Meghli or Moghli[1] is a traditional Lebanese dessert based on a floured rice pudding and spiced with anise, caraway and cinnamon. The dish is often garnished with shredded coconut and various nuts including almonds, walnuts, pine nuts and pistachios.[2] Meghli is commonly served to celebrate Christmas or the birth of a child.[3][4]


Meghli, which means “boiled” in Arabic, was so-called because of the long time (up to an hour) it must be continuously stirred while boiling.[5]

The dish was traditionally served to celebrate the birth of a male heir, but became in modern Lebanese tradition a celebration dessert for any new born.[5] Meghli is also served during the Christmas holiday in recognition of the birth of Christ. Meghli is also symbolic for fertile rich soil which is brown like the Meghli.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Hussien Dekmak, "Easy, Peasy, Lebanesy", Voyager, March 7, 2009
  2. ^ Dalal A. Holmin, From the Tables of Lebanon: Traditional Vegetarian Cuisine, Book Publishing Company (TN); 1 edition (June 1997), pg 164
  3. ^ Meghli, Arabicnews,com
  4. ^ Kamal Mouzawak, Merry Meghli!, Poetry of Food,, retrieved 3-7-2010
  5. ^ 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