long recipe behind me, now I’m just in the mood for something easy to make. Mhlabia (muhlabia/mahalabia) is a traditional mid-eastern dessert, a milk base  pudding  flavored with rose or orange blossom water. As for the topping, you might find different kinds of them but my favorite is just the classic pistachios and shredded coconut.  This pudding is  so soft and light, the texture is between jelly and custard, a perfect dessert to serve after a spicy meal 😉 .





  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon rose water/orange blossom water
  • pistachio and shredded coconut for garnish


  1. Mix corn flower with water and add to milk which has been brought to a boil.
  2. Stir and cook until thickened and then add sugar.  
  3. Add rose/orange blossom water and salt, boil another few minutes.
  4. Pour into individual serving dishes and chilled for 2-4 hours.
  5. Garnish with pistachios and shredded coconut before serving.
  1. I love that refined tasting dessert! The 2nd pic is so pretty!



  2. This must be perfect for a hot summer day. Sounds so light and fresh!

  3. Looks so simple and yet delicious. need to give this a go.

  4. That looks like the perfect refreshing dessert. It’s lovely to have something simple that tastes good!

  5. mmmmm … looks delicious ^^!!

  6. Yummie, such a simple and nice dessert, I am sure that the rose water or the orange blossom give this custard an special flavor 🙂

    • Y
    • September 13th, 2009

    Sounds heavenly!

  7. Oh.. looks nice. Is it sort of like a panna cotta? or totally different?

  8. What an exquisite way to end your meal 🙂 I’ve noticed that a lot of MidEastern desserts call for rose water; I’m not a fan of that, so would you recommend substituting it with anything other than orange blossom water (I’ve no idea where to get that here).

  9. Bookmarked. I *love* this kind of dessert. 🙂

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