Yemini Mahalabiya

BM # 44
International ABC Cooking
Cooking with Alphabets : Y
Category : Dessert

Yemen, officially known as the Republic of Yemen, is an Arab country in Western Asia, 

Yemeni cuisine is entirely distinct from the more widely known Middle Eastern cuisines and even differs slightly from region to region. This cuisine is extremely popular among the Arab States of the Persian Gulf.

When choosing from this country I decided to make a dessert. 
Mahalabiya is a sweet Arabic dessert similar to blancmange made of milk and sugar, and thickened with corn starch then laced with rose water or orange blossom water.

This dessert is often eaten during Ramamdan, after Iftar. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims world wide observe this month as fasting.While fasting from dawn to dusk they refrain from food and water. Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims break their fast at sunset. The meal is generally healthy and , nutritious. They prepare lot of sweets and specially with milk and cream. 

Mahalabiya is a milk custard which is light yet delicious. It is very soothing and adding rose water to the dessert took it to another dimension. I do not add cream to the regular custard that we make so adding cream made it really creamy and we loved this rosy creamy Mahalabiya .

The dessert can be garnished with almonds, pistachios or even raisins. Since I used rose water I used some rose petals too for garnish.
Recipe Source Here

3 cups milk
¾ cups sugar or to taste
1 cup cold water
6 tbsp corn flour
1 tbsp rose water
1 tsp cardamom powder
1 cup thick cream
Chopped almonds , pistachios and some rose petals

Over medium heat, boil milk and add sugar.
In a bowl mix cold water with cornstarch.
Gradually combine with the boiled milk.
When the mixture thickens like cake batter, turn off heat.
Then add rose water with crushed cardamom and thick cream.
Let it cool for 2-4 hours.
Serve with nuts and rose petals.

This dessert tasted somewhere between phirni and  custard, the rose water gave a very refreshing aroma. The almonds,pistachios and the rose petals make a beautiful,delicious crunchy garnish. We all relished the dessert and it has was really quick and easy to make, as such has been added to the the most wanted dessert list.

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