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Muhallabia.. a Lebanese sweet dish….

Remember my post Olan.. ?? the dish from Kerala which I had posted a while back? Yes, when one of my friends Radhika had invited me along with some other friends of her’s for lunch… she had made this for dessert. I really liked it, as it is mildly sweet.. And has a nice rose flavour to it !! I asked her for the recipe as K was not free to join us for lunch that day & I was sure he would love this. K has a big weakness for sweets.. The only reason I could not prepare this till today was because I did not have rose essence with me. I bought it this weekend, as I finally found it in an Indian store…

Muhallabia.. a Lebanese sweet dish

Usually served chill.. The consistency of this sweet dish is thick just like rice kheer/pudding..

Ingredients: (Serves 4) Preparation Time: 15 mins
Rice Flour – 1/4 cup, around 50 gms
Milk – 3 cups, approximately around 750 ml
Sugar – 1/4 cup, around 50 gms
Almonds – 1/2 cup, around 80 gms, ground to a paste with a bit of milk, Tip: You can soak the almonds in some milk for a while before you grind it into a paste. This makes a nice smooth paste out of the almonds.
Rose water – 1 tsp or more if you like more of the rose flavour
Pistachios/ Almonds – a handful, coarsely ground
A pinch of salt

Keeping 1/4 cup of milk aside, In a heavy bottom pan, bring the rest of the milk to a boil. While the milk is set to boil, blend the rice flour & 1/4 cup milk to a smooth paste. Now add the blended rice flour-milk to the boiling milk. Also add a pinch of salt & sugar. Mix well till all of these combine well. Set the heat to medium. Keep stirring with a wooden spoon so that this mixture does not burn from the bottom.

The mixture tends to get thick as time passes by. When the mixture begins to bubble simmer for 5 minutes. Now add the ground almond paste & rose essence. Mix till all the ingredients blend well. Remove from heat & let the mixture cool down. Once this reaches room temperature, chill it in the fridge.

Traditionally garnished with coarsely ground almonds/pistachios. I used flaked almonds as I did not have pistachios with me.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve chilled.. Enjoy.. 🙂

Muhallabia.. a Lebanese sweet dish

If you liked this recipe, you will also like – Caramel Custard, Carrot Halwa etc.


14 thoughts on “Muhallabia.. a Lebanese sweet dish….

  1. Nice! This recipe reminds me of Firni, where the soaked rice is grinded to a coarse paste and added to milk, along with flavors like rose! I think yours is faster and easier. I have to try this.


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