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Mhalbiya (Rice Pudding)

  • 5 cups of whole milk
  • 5 heaping spoons of rice flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 to 5 tbl. sp. of 'atr (extract of scented geranium) If 'atr is not available , orange blossom water can be used
  • In a sauce pan add the sugar to 4 cups of milk and let it warm up gently on low-medium heat to speed up the dissolution process.
  • Add rice flour to the remaining cup of milk and stir it well, until there are no lumps.
  • Gradually pour flour-milk mixture into the saucepan, stirring constantly and very gently on low heat, until the mixture  starts to bubble.
  • Mix in the 'atr or the orange blossom water.
  • Pour into small custard dishes and cool to room temperature.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or crushed nuts.