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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, Mahalabiya 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.

Nuts:

Garnish with your favorite crushed nuts, I prefer pistachios.

Corn Starch or Rice Flour in Mhalabia:

This Middle Eastern milk pudding 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:

This simple Arabic milk pudding is just 4 ingredients. It has a silky, creamy texture and tastes like ice cream in pudding form. Here is how you make it:

  • In a non-stick medium size pot, over medium heat, add whole milk, cream of rice, and sugar. Whisk well until dissolved.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, whisking continuously to avoid mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Lower heat to low and cook for additional 10 minutes or until mixture thickness, whisking regularly .
  • Remove from heat, stir in rose water.
  • Transfer mixture to serving bowls immediately.
  • Let it cool at room temperature before serving.
  • Garnish with crushed pistachios before serving and enjoy!
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How to Serve Mahalabia (muhallabi):

  • 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:

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Milk Pudding- Mahalabia

Yield: 5 servings
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

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

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. Let it cool at room temperature before serving.
    7. Garnish with crushed pistachios before serving and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 0gSugar: 31gProtein: 8g

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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Rose

Hello! Welcome! I’m Rose, a thirty something wife, busy mom, and self-taught cook, baker, recipe developer, editor, and photographer behind this little web space. Cooking and baking are a huge passion of mine! I could live in my kitchen. I also like to make food look pretty, because when it looks good, doesn’t it just taste better? Here you’ll find quick and easy family friendly recipes. Happy Cooking!

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