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Rose & Pistachio Mahalabia

Mahalabia is a popular milk pudding dessert from the Middle East. Our quick & easy recipe features rose water, pistachio, and cardamom syrup.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Mahalabia
Servings: 4
Calories: 361kcal


  • pot
  • whisk
  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoons
  • Glasses or Small Bowls


  • 4 cups Milk
  • 0.5 cups White Sugar
  • 7 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Rose Water
  • 3/4 cup Roasted Pistachios chopped
  • 2 tbsp Cardamom Syrup
  • Rose Petals garnish


  • Set aside ¼ cup of the milk for the cornstarch. Combine the rest of the milk and the sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat on medium-high until milk begins to boil. 
  • Whisk the cornstarch and remaining milk together until there are no clumps remaining. Slowly whisk the mixture into the simmering milk and lower heat to medium. 
  • Continue whisking the milk mixture until thickened, approximately 12-15 minutes. 
  • Turn off the heat, and stir in the rose water. 
  • Pour into a large serving bowl or into 4 individual serving bowls. Set aside to cool at room temperature, 3 hours.
  • Garnish chilled Mahalabia dessert cups with chopped pistachio and rose petals.
  • Serve the pudding cold drizzled with cardamom syrup.


Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 61.2g | Protein: 10.3g | Fat: 10.3g | Saturated Fat: 3.6g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 36.8g | Calcium: 308mg | Iron: 1mg