Muhallebi (Cypriot Rice Powder Pudding)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a light and sweet Mediterranean dessert.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 cups milk
  • 14 cup sugar, plus
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 -2 tablespoon orange blossom water
  • 12 cup rice flour


  1. In a basin or a large bowl, mix rice powder into a paste with a little milk taken from the 4 cups.
  2. Heat remaining milk to almost boiling point and pour onto the rice paste, stirring well.
  3. Return the mix to the saucepan and add orange blossom flower water and bring to boil over gentle heat while ***stirring continuously***.
  4. Once the mixture starts bubbling, reduce the heat and continue stirring continuously for another 5-10 minutes more. The continuous stirring makes sure it doesn't lump.
  5. Add sugar and keep stirring until it dissolves completely.
  6. If the mixture becomes too thick dilute with a little milk or water.
  7. Pour the creamy mixture into small bowls (or a one large shallow dish approximately 1-1 and ½” deep.
  8. Decorate the pudding top with pistachios and almonds if desired.
  9. Helpful Hints.
  10. Add sugar after the rice powder mixture has been stirred, boiled and thickened for at least 10 minutes.
  11. At the end, you may wish to place the saucepan in cold water and beat the mixture for a few minutes before pouring into small dishes.
Most Helpful

Wonderful recipe! Will be making this one again. I used 2/3 of a cup of brown sugar. Tasted delicious. Also subbed rose water in place of the orange blossom water.

threelazycatsproductions November 03, 2013

This is the best rice flour pudding I have found on Zaar so far. DD (toddler) agrees by eating a lot. I loved the consistency. I made this dairy free by using rice milk in replacement of the regular milk. I used white sugar for the sugar and would just reduce it a very slight bit next time. I used almost 2 tbs of orange blossom water but I will try a little less next time. I used white rice flour from my local health food store. I made this for a Ramadan breakfast. I preferred this served warm. I will definitely make this again.

UmmBinat August 27, 2009

Very nice and light flavor. You really do need too constantly stir or it can get to thick, but once I tried it a second time. It came out perfect. Thanks for something different.

pinkcarnations76 February 13, 2009