Friday, September 5, 2014


Rich milk based dessert garnished with nuts. The original recipe called for flavoring with rose water but I used mint extract that I had on hand.

Mahalabia is an Arabic dessert and is popular in all countries that have Arabic influence on their cuisine. It is a very basic dessert. I adapted the recipe from here one of the few that had proportions for the ingredients.

You will need
2 cups of half and half
4 tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp. corn starch
1-2 drops rose water (I used mint extract)
5-6 pistachios for garnish

Dissolve the corn starch in the milk. In a thick bottomed pan combine the half and half and sugar. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and add the corn starch mixture. Whisk to prevent lumps. Cook until thickened. Add rose water and take it off heat. Let it cool a little then pour into ramekins or serving glasses and refrigerate for a couple hours. Garnish with nuts. Serve chilled.


  1. Doesn't this look ultimate. .a dessert which is simple yet delicious. .we might see some versions of this since it's very popular.

  2. Very pretty clicks and I am sure this dessert tasted great!

  3. Yummy dessert. I was and still am tempted to make this dessert. Currently I am on no desserts diet and got to see how long I will be able to resist myself. Again, lovely picture.

  4. u should try the rose water version as well...i made it and also added the gulkand to it...but you take the cake on the presentation, it is simply beautiful with white contents in have cracked it

  5. Lovely click and this is such an amazing desert! !

  6. So beautiful...does seem something like the eggless version of custard, but much richer owing to half and half

  7. Wow the presentation is awesome well so is the dessert. I think this one gets done tomorrow if I find the substitute for 1/2 & 1/2.


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