Muhallabieh: Rose Water flavored cream pudding

Let me start off this post by thanking Lisha for writing to me for a guest post. I apologize that I was not able to give it at a time when she asked for, but I had to make sure that it was as soon as I could. Nandoos Kitchen is a blog that I have started following very recently and love the zest with which she blogs, especially undertaking the blogging marathon on a very regular basis, despite being a new blogger.

Having lived in UAE for my whole life, I have a special liking towards Arabic food. At any time, I would prefer the Arabic mix grill over the masala dosa or tandoori chicken. Same is the case of sweets. I love their range of sweets, which is however very calorific as compared to our Indian sweets, as most of it are literally drenched in sweet syrup. That doesn’t mean that they do not have any simple desserts as such. What I thought I would share with Lisa is a pudding called Muhallabieh, which is basically a cream pudding, thickened with corn flour with a tinge of rosewater. I used to order this each time we visited an Arabic restaurant, till I found the recipe in a magazine and was amazed at the ease of making it at home!  To read the recipe, do hop onto Lisha’s page here. Hope you like the post… 🙂


Muhallabieh ~ Rose Water Flavored Cream Pudding - My 15th guest post for Nandoos Kitchen

Course Dessert
Cuisine Arabic
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 - 6
Author Rafeeda


  • 800 ml milk
  • 325 gm cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • Pistachios for garnish


  • Mix the corn flour into ½ cup of milk to a thick paste, without lumps and set aside.
  • In a thick bottomed saucepan or a non-stick pan, combine the remaining milk, cream and sugar and bring to the mixture to boil.
  • As soon as you start seeing bubbles on the side, pour in the corn flour paste and continuously whisk till well incorporated and the mixture starts to thicken.
  • Add the rose water and combine well and cook on low flame for hardly 2-3 minutes. Switch off the flame.
  • Pour into serving bowls, allow to cool completely.
  • Keep it in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours or till ready to serve.
  • Serve chilled with pistachios garnished on the top.

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  1. Even I'm a big fan of arabic food, here. I'll be on a luk out for outlets providing the same, will check ur recipe now….

    1. thank u so much razina…

  2. God ! Rafeeds….u post for urself..u post for others…you cook for your family and friends… !!!! Godd !!! one really super -woman !!1

    1. pls dun embarass me sona… thanks a lot… 🙂

  3. Muhallabia, very common here…but we all love this. Off to her space…

    1. thank u so much shaami…

  4. Same here Rafee, I love all the Arab delicacies. Hoping off to Lisha's page.

    1. being in UAE, we must, isn't it? thank u so much dears…

  5. this is new to me.. Love the flavour of it..nice guest post

    1. thank u so much veena…

  6. Yummy dessert Rafee came from Lisha's space to say hi :))

    1. thank u so much meena… 🙂

  7. Thanks a lot Rafeeda for this wonderful post.

    1. it was a pleasure, lisha…

  8. I was planing to prepare this how you know my mind 😉 . Visited nandoo's kitchen pudding looks so yummy

    1. now u can go and make it resna… 😛 thanks a lot, dear…

    1. thank u so much nammi…

  9. wow.. this looks great n I must read the recipe too! Off to Nandoos space!

    1. thank u so much sangee…

  10. the pudding looks so tempting, hard to believe , its so simple to make, well done Rafeeda…

    1. thank u so much nayana…

  11. The dish looks really delicious…Thanks you tried and posted it.

    1. thank u so much vidya…

  12. Pudding looks delicious. Though arabic sweets are loaded with syrup, but it has its own charm.

    1. yes, that is true humi… i'm one mad person for arabic sweets… thanks a lot dear…

  13. Lovely post Rafeeda…Loved the simplicity of this pudding..will try it

    1. thank u so much kaveri… do let me know if u do try…

  14. very inviting rafs,feel to taste some

    1. thank u so much babitha…

  15. Great click.. The pudding looks very inviting..

    1. thank u so much dear…

  16. love it….got to check for the recipe there…sorry dear could not catch up long time, now am back on track

    1. what's there to be sorry about dear??? it's nice to see u back, dear… thanks a lot…

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