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Mahalabia- Lebanese Milk Pudding

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This simple Lebanese Milk Pudding, aka Mahalabia is so easy and quick to make! With only 4 ingredients and 15 minutes of your time, you can make a sweet treat! Garnish with your favorite crushed nuts and serve it for dessert, breakfast or snack! Mahalabia is a great Lebanese gluten-free dessert idea!

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What is Mahalabia Pudding?

Mahalabia, also known as Muhallebi, Muhalabia, Mhalabia, Mahalebi, Mohallabiah, or Muhallabiyeh is a popular Middle Eastern milk pudding made with milk, corn flour, sugar, and flavored with rose water.

Mahalabia pudding

Ingredients for this Lebanese Mahalabia Recipe:

(Scroll all the way down to recipe card, for exact measurements)

Milk:

The basic ingredient, some people also use a mix of milk and half and half for a richer taste. You can also make vegan muhalabia by substituting whole milk with your choice of any plant-based milk.

Cream of Rice:

Works as a thickener in this recipe, and can be substituted for corn starch, I prefer cream of rice. 

Sugar:

What gives this recipe the extra sweetness.

Rose water:

This is usually added at the end for extra flavor. I use Sadaf Foods rose water.

Nuts:

Garnish with your favorite crushed nuts, I prefer pistachios.

Corn Starch or Rice Flour in Mhalabia:

This dessert can be made two ways; you can either make it using corn starch or rice flour, based on your preference.  The difference is in the texture: Corn starch will yield a smooth consistency, while rice flour will have a coarser texture. I personally prefer it with rice flour. However, authentic Middle eastern Mahalabia is made with corn starch. 

How to Make Mahalabia:

  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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How to Serve Mahalabia:

  • Swirl in your favorite chopped nuts, I used pistachios. 
  • Top with berries, granola and honey for an indulgent weekend breakfast. 
  • Grated Chocolate!

How to Store this Middle Eastern Milk Pudding :

Store Lebanese mahalabia 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. Add toppings, if using before serving. 

Mhalabia topped with edible roses and crushed pistachios.

More Lebanese Desserts?

Knafeh

Baklava

Date Roll Cookies

Namoura- Lebanese Semolina Cake

Sfouf- Lebanese Cake

Melting Moments Cookies

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How to Make Mahalabia Recipe:

Yield: 5 servings

Milk Pudding- Mahalabia

rose water pudding

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

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Instructions

    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!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 0gSugar: 30gProtein: 7g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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