Whenever you are having a good meal or planning on having a good meal there is a solid chance that you have a great deal of focus on the dessert. Since Middle Eastern cuisine is rich with heavy meal dishes a good dessert is a must-have part of the meal.

When it comes to dessert there is considerably a big diversity present in Middle Eastern cuisine. Though all the Middle Eastern country has this diversity present in their dishes, there are few dishes which have the status of being a common dish in all the countries of this region. By common dish, I mean that they are equally popular in all the countries of the Middle Eastern region.

All these dishes have one thing in common and that is, they are served in all these countries and they all seem to claim the credit for inventing it. These food dishes cover everything from appetizer to dessert. Muhalbya is one of the most common examples among these known dishes.

Muhalbya is basically a dessert pudding made mainly with boiled milk and slightly sweetened agents. It is flavored with rose and orange juice. It also has different names in different countries like Muhalabia, Muhallabia, Mahalabi, Mahalebi, etc. It is the same dish though all the other names kind of sound a little different from the original. This dish is told to be a Middle Eastern incarnation of the famous dessert blancmange. But it is way easier to make. The whole process takes just minutes to prepare the dessert but that time excludes the process of placing in the fridge to cool down.

Since the western region has a lot of famous milk-based dessert-like gelatine panna cotta, can this be considered as the Middle East’s answer for western desserts?  That’s a common question for all the food critics around the world. But one thing is for sure if you like milk pudding you will love this dessert. Since it is a very easy dish to make the recipe is very simple. Here we will walk you through the recipe below:

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  • 405 g of Nestlé condensed milk
  • 5 ml cups or 1375of water
  • 3/4 g cup or 105soft rice
  • 1 teaspoon flannel powder
  • 1 teaspoon of rose water
  • 1 teaspoon of water
  • 1/2 g cup or 50of pistachios grated
  1. NESTLÉ® softened condensed milk, with 4 cups of water in a saucepan.
  2. Pour the remaining water into another container and melt the rice powder and flannel powder.
  3. Pour the rice mixture gently over the hot milk, stirring constantly, and simmer for 5 minutes or until it thickens.
  4. Add rose water and blossom and mix with the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Pour the mixture in small cups and decorate grated peanuts.
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