Layali Libnan (Lebanese Nights)


This is a cold semolina pudding with caramel syrup sauce and pistachio nut topping. The recipe is from my mother. If you do not wish to use rose water, you can substitute with 2 teaspoons of vanilla.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 40 mins
15 servings



  • 8 cups cold milk

  • 1 ½ cups semolina

  • 2 eggs

  • 3 tablespoons rose water


  • 4 cups white sugar

  • 2 ¼ cups water

  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice


  • 1 cup whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • cup finely chopped pistachio nuts


  1. Pour the milk into a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat, and slowly pour in the semolina in a steady stream, stirring continuously. Continue to stir and cook until the mixture thickens and boils for 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the eggs and rose water. Pour the mixture into a 9x13 inch serving dish, or individual dishes. Allow the pudding to cool slightly, then cover with plastic wrap directly on the top. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 5 hours or overnight.

  3. Heat 1/2 cup of the sugar and 2 tablespoons of water in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then cook until the mixture turns golden brown. Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the rest of the water. Don't worry if the mixture bubbles and hardens a bit, it will dissolve. Return the pan to the stove, and stir in the remaining sugar until dissolved. Add the lemon juice, to the sugar syrup, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and chill. The syrup will keep for a month if refrigerated in a sealed container.

  4. To serve, whip the whipping cream with sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread a thin layer of whipped cream over the pudding. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Cut into squares, and serve with caramel syrup poured around it.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

415 Calories
11g Fat
74g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 415
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 82mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 61g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 174mg 13%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 277mg 6%

* 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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