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Classic Lebanese milk based dessert

Course Dessert
Cuisine Lebanese
Keyword Child friendly, Easy, Quick
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 3
Author Zaatar and Zaytoun


  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 tbsps of cornstarch
  • 2 tbsps of sugar
  • 1/2 tspn of rosewater
  • 2 tbsps of crushed pistachios


  1. Whisk the milk, cornstarch and sugar in a milk pan thoroughly, making sure the cornstarch doesn't stick to the bottom.

  2. Heat the mixture on medium heat for around five minutes until it starts to thicken.
  3. Reduce the heat and add the rosewater, stir for another minute.
  4. Serve in small bowls and sprinkle the crushed pistachios on top.

Recipe Notes

Cornstarch is sometimes known as cornflour and is used to thicken sauces

Mahalebia can be eaten cold or hot.