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Recipe: How To Make Rose-Pudding (Almost Like Mahalabia - Arabic Dessert)

Updated on April 7, 2013

Thai-Inspired Rose Pudding

If you tried my Yummy Wonton Soup recipe, it’s probably safe to say you noticed the delicious smell that permeated from cooking the lemon grass and lime leaves. I was pretty surprised at this, thinking these ingredients are commonly used in savory dishes like fish and curry.

The aroma from these plants is sweet and floral, I put together a desert inspired by the scent alone. My recipe is based on one of my favorite deserts, an Arab dish called Mahalabia, a white, flower blossom pudding, but with distinctly different flavors. Serve this sweet treat after any heavy meal for light, low-calorie refreshment.


1 cup coconut milk

2 cups fat free milk

¼ cup rose water

2 fresh kaffir lime leaves

4 inch stalk of lemon grass

¾ cup of powdered sugar

1 heaping tbs. corn starch


Combine the corn starch and powdered sugar evenly and set aside. Combine coconut and fat free milk in pot. Rinse the lime leaves and lemon grass. Gently bend the lemon grass stalk in multiple places, called “bruising”, to release more flavor, and tear small rips in the leaves for the same effect. Add to the pot and bring to a boil.

Once it starts to boil, reduce to a simmer, add rose water and stir once or twice. Remove the lemon grass and leaves, and discard. Next, slowly sift in the dry sugar and cornstarch while continuously whisking, so no lumps are formed. Mix continually for 5 minutes, or until noticeably thicker. Transfer to another bowl and cool in the fridge until cool, firm, or overnight. Enjoy this simple, tasty, original recipe!


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      3 years ago

      I'd verutne that this article has saved me more time than any other.

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      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, R. Rose! Thanks for stopping by. This is a very nice and light dessert.... I love the texture of this. Hope you do get to try it. Appreciate your comment :)

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      Riviera Rose 

      5 years ago from South of France

      I love Middle Eastern food and once made Mahalabia, whichI remember involved hours of stirring and a spice called mastic I've never been able to find since. I love how you've put this together and will definitely give it a try. Thanks a lot!

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      5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Dolores, good to see you here! Hope you do try it and enjoy it. Thanks for you comment and for voting. See you around....

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      Dolores Monet 

      5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Such a pretty picture! And the recipe sounds so refreshing and delicious - must give this one a try! (Voted up)

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      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Great! I hope you like it! Thanks.....

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Mmmmmmm this recipe sounds wonderful and the end result looks delicious! I'll have to give it a try.

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      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for reading. It is very light for sure! Hope you like it.....

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      This looks like a delicious alternative to a heavy dessert! I love the idea of adding rose water for a delicate floral scent, and plan to try it soon! Thanks for sharing!

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      @enunnally, we found rose water at an Asian store. Discovered lot of dessert recipes that ask for it.

      Thanks for reading it, and hope you enjoy it!

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      Erin Nunnally 

      6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This looks fantastic - I'll have to try it soon! I have never used rose water before - maybe a dumb question, but where do you find that?

    • LaThing profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks for your great comments. Enjoying it so far!

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Awesomely useful recipe here, I think I might just try it, wow. Your a great writer as well, you'll do just fine here at hubpages, and also that's a great image as well.

      Thanks for viewing one of my hubs, I'm glad you decided to join hubpages because the more better writers we have, the better our network becomes, enjoy your experience here!


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