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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 Arabic 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!
Mahalabia Milk Pudding:
Creamy Milk pudding is a deliciously soothing dessert that the whole family will love!
What is Mahalabia made of?
Mahalabia, also known as Muhallebi, Muhalabia, Mhalabia, Mahalebi, Mohallabiah, Mahalabiya or Muhallabiyeh is a popular Middle Eastern milk pudding made with milk, cornflour / cornstrach, sugar, and flavored with rose water or orange blossom.
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.
- Garnish with your favorite crushed nuts, I prefer crushed 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:
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.
Can You Freeze Milk Pudding?
If you happen to have leftovers (this is never a thing in my house), you can definitely freeze this Lebanese Milk pudding, for up to 2 months.
Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and warm on the stove or in the microwave.
Is Milk Pudding Gluten Free?
Yes, this is a gluten-free dessert recipe!