Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Ruz ib-haleeb (Lebanese rice pudding)

This is the lebanese version of a rice pudding. I am not sure in what way it differs from rice puddings made elsewhere. Nonetheless, I make this in loving memory of my dear grandma, who would make this for us with a loving caring heart. May Allah rest her dear soul.

  • Skill level: Easy yet a little tedious
  • Serves: 6-7 people
  • Prep and cooking time: 45 mins
What you will need

6 cups whole milk
1 cup white sugar
1 cup rice
2 cups hot water
1/2 tsp mastic powder (Did not add because we do not have this at home)
2 tbsp orange blossom water (My family can't bare the taste of orange blossom, so did not add it)
pistachio and pine nuts for decoration (Didn't have these either, so I replaced with almonds & hazlenut)

How to make:

1) In a large pot, add the milk and sugar, and bring to a boil over a medium heat, stirring as you go along

2) Add the rice and water, then mix well. Cover the pot, and leave for 30 mins over medium heat, stirring in between to avoid the rice sticking

3) If you are going to add the mastic powder and orange blossom, add them after 30 mins, then leave for a further 15 mins until the mixture thickens up (if you are not going to add them, then leave for a further 15 mins)

4) Take off the heat and spoon the mixtures into individual serving bowls, topping with the nuts as decoration. Leave to cool outside, before placing in the fridge to chill

Tasty, sweet, simple and a lovely light dessert. Enjoy :)

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