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Mahalabia | 4 Ingredient Middle Eastern Milk Pudding

Fancy a 10 minute dessert? This Middle Eastern Milk Pudding is delicious, flavored with orange blossom water and uses only 4 ingredients! A must try for a quick dessert fix.
Course Dessert
Cuisine middle eastern
Keyword Mahalabia, Milk Pudding
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5


  • 4 cups or 1 L whole milk
  • 7 tablespoons corn starch OR 12 tablespoons rice flour
  • ¾ - 1 cups sugar based on preference
  • 1 cup whipping cream optional. If you don't want to add it, replace with 1 cup milk
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cardamom OR 1 tablespoon orange blossom water OR 1 tablespoon rose water
  • Pistachio for garnish or any other nuts, shredded coconut, raisins


  • In a pot, mix the whole milk, cream, sugar, and corn starch/rice flour and whisk well until dissolved
  • Place pot on medium heat and whisk continuously for about 10 minutes until it starts to thicken
  • Lower the heat to low and continue whisking for a few more minutes until thickened to a pudding consistency. Ensure you lower the heat and continue whisking so the milk does not catch the bottom of the pot and burn
  • Remove from heat and add your flavouring of choice (cardamom, orange blossom water or rose water)
  • Place in small dessert cups and refrigerate for 2-3 hours
  • When ready to serve, garnish with nuts, coconut and/or raisins and enjoy


- Using corn starch will yield a smooth consistency, while rice flour will have a bit of texture. Using either one per preference