mhalabia recipe or muhallabia recipe.

Rice Pudding- Mahalabia

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This simple Rice Pudding, called Mhalabia in Arabic is so easy and quick to make! With only 3 ingredients, you can make the best treat! Garnish with your favorite crushed nuts and serve it for dessert, breakfast or snack!

If you are looking for simple Lebanese desserts, you will love this easy muhallabia recipe or mhalabia recipe.

Ingredients for this Mhalabia Rice Pudding:

This Rice Pudding Mhalabia also known as Muhallabia, Muhalabi, and Muhallabiyeh is a popular Lebanese dessert. It is made with these simple ingredients: milk, cream of rice, sugar and rose water for flavoring which is completely optional. 

Milk: is a basic ingredient, some people also use a mix of milk and half and half for a richer taste. You can make vegan mhalabia by substituting whole milk with any plant based milk. 

Cream of rice: works as a thickener in this recipe, perfect for those looking for gluten free dessert ideas. 

Sugar: is what gives this recipe the extra sweetness. 

Rose water: this is usually added at the end for extra flavor. Skip it if not available. 

Nuts: garnish with your favorite crushed nuts, I prefer pistachios. 

if you are looking for cream of rice recipes, you will love this simple rice pudding called mhalabia, a popular Lebanese dessert.

How to Store and Serve this Rice Pudding (Mhalabia): 

Store rice pudding in small bowls or small mason jars in the fridge, cover with plastic wrap or mason jars lids and store for up to 5 days in the fridge. Before serving, you can garnish with crushed pistachios if you’d like or serve plain.

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Rice Pudding- Mahalabia

Yield: 5 servings
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Light, creamy and delicious, this pudding is a very easy Lebanese dessert!


    1. In a non-stick medium size pot, over medium heat, add whole milk, cream of rice, and sugar. Whisk well until dissolved.
    2. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking continuously to avoid mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
    3. Lower heat to low and cook for additional 10 minutes or until mixture thickness, whisking regularly .
    4. Remove from heat, stir in rose water.
    5. Transfer mixture to serving bowls immediately.
    6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
    7. Garnish with crushed pistachios before serving and enjoy!
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