Mahalabia (Lebanese Cardamom Pudding)


This delicious Lebanese milk pudding is flavored with cardamom, which gives it a unique taste. If you cannot find cardamom extract, let a few crushed cardamom pods steep in the hot milk for several minutes until fragrant.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 55 mins
5 servings


  • 2 cups milk

  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 2 drops cardamom-flavored extract


  • ¼ cup water

  • 5 tablespoons white sugar

  • ¼ vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped


  • ¼ cup unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon dried rose petals, or as needed


  1. Combine 3/4 cup of the milk and cornstarch in a bowl and stir until smooth.

  2. Pour remaining milk into a pot and stir in sugar and cardamom extract. Heat over low heat, stirring until sugar is fully dissolved. Whisk in cornstarch mixture and simmer until thickened, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Pour milk mixture into 5 ramekins, cover, and cool to room temperature. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

  4. Combine water, sugar, and vanilla seeds in a pot and bring to a boil over low heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Allow syrup to cool. Sprinkle each serving with pistachios and rose petals. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon syrup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

214 Calories
5g Fat
39g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 214
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 123mg 9%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 217mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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