I grew up eating desserts that weren't fussy like Muhallabiya and rice pudding - in Arabic: Riz b haleeb | رز بحليب - and always loved the pudding-like texture. In fact, it's the reason why my favorite dessert is chocolate pudding! But anyway, I wanted to sort of recreate a small part of my childhood by trying to make Muhallabiya on my own. So you can imagine the joy I felt when my mother told me what Muhallabiya consists of: milk, sugar, corn flour and whatever topping you desire which, in this case, was pistachios for me. Just a few steps and you get a lovely milk pudding which isn't too sweet nor is it too heavy.
|Thanks to bad lighting during iftar time (sunset), photo quality wasn't so great. Sorry!|
Muhallabiya - My mother's recipe
makes 4 large bowls
1 liter full fat milk, cold
3 tablespoons corn flour*
1/2 cup sugar (100 g) - you can add more or less sugar, it's a matter of personal taste
A generous handful of peeled, unsalted pistachio; chopped
- In a separate glass, mix in 1/2 cup of milk with the 3 tablespoons of corn flour. Set aside.
- In a large pot on medium heat, pour the rest of the milk in and whisk in the sugar.
- When the milk starts to heat up, add the corn flour & milk mix into the pot. Continue whisking.
- Once the mixture starts coming to a boil, the consistency of the milk should start to get thicker.
* If you feel that it hasn't thickened even after it's been boiling for about a minute, go ahead and mix in another tablespoon of corn flour in 1/4 cup of milk and plop that right in. Repeat again if the same happens, but that is unlikely :)
- Continue whisking until you reach a pudding-like texture (it should coat the back of a spoon quite well). Be careful not to boil too much as it can curdle!
- Remove the pot from the heat and, using a fine sieve, filter the Muhallabiya into a large bowl. This is to leave out any bits of burnt milk from the bottom of the pot (which is inevitable).
- Scoop the Muhallabiya into desired serving bowls. Cover with a sheet of cling wrap, allowing the cling wrap to touch the surface of the Muhallabiya, so as not to create a skin.
- Refrigerate for 4 hours (or until it's cold enough to your liking).
- When ready to serve, peel off cling wrap and decorate with pistachios
Ramadan Mubarak & Happy Baking!