Mahalabiya the very easy and yummy Egyptian milk custard

Mahalabiya Egyptian milk custard
Mahalabiya Egyptian milk custard 

Mahalabiya is one of the traditional Egyptian desserts. However, I do not believe it has the same popularity as the rice pudding does. I remember the first time I tried it was at a seafood place!! They brought a small bowl made of clay filled with mihalabeya after a huge seafood meal and it was on the house. I always knew, saw and heard of it before but did not bother to try it for some reason, however on that day I needed anything sweet to kill all the garlic and lime flavors from seafood. So, I gave it a shot and anyway it was for free!! I really LOVED it. It was so creamy, sweet but not too sweat and the raisins and pistachios on the top gave it a bit of crunch and texture. I was so surprised about how easy it can be prepared. I always make rice pudding and it is way more complicated than this easy and delicious dessert. Hope you like it too!


2 cups full fat milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 tbsp corn starch dissolved in a 1/4 cup of milk used from the quantity above
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar or to taste
Pistachio for garnish

In a medium pot on medium heat, bring all above to boil except for pistachios of course and keep stirring slowly.


When it starts to boil and thickens, simmer down for few minutes. It has to thicken.


Pour to the serving bowls and garnish with pistachios

Mahalabiya Egyptian milk custard
Mahalabiya Egyptian milk custard

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Should this be served cold or warm?

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    1. Hi there, this is usually served cold 😊

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