Stovetop rice pudding, or roz bel haleeb, is a creamy warm Middle Eastern dessert that's easy to make using cooked rice, fresh milk, and a blend of flavors. It's absolutely delicious and perfect for the winter.
- 1/2 cup dry Egyptian rice (will get larger in size to about 1 cup of cooked rice)
- 4 cups milk (cold)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 5-6 beads mastic
- 1 tbsp orange blossom water
- 1 tbsp rosewater
- optional: nuts or cinnamon for topping
- Start by washing the rice. In a small or medium-sized pot, add the rice and around 1/2 a cup of boiling water (or enough to submerge the rice).
- Bring to a boil, then cover and lower the heat until the rice is fully cooked. Set aside.
- Crush the mastic beads until they turn into a fine powder.
- Add the mastic powder into a pot with the cornstarch, sugar, and milk.
- Whisk until fully incorporated or until the cornstarch has dissolved. Make sure everything has fully dissolved.
- Put the pot on the stove and bring to a boil while continuing to whisk, then lower the heat and let simmer while still whisking until it starts to thicken up (about 7 to 10 minutes).
- Once thick and creamy like a runny custard, add in the rice, rosewater, and orange blossom water and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
- Transfer immediately to your serving bowl(s) and garnish with nuts or cinnamon. Or, allow to cool down for 30 minutes and thicken up a bit more.
- Don't worry if your rice is slightly sticky, just make sure it's fully cooked.
- Monitor and frequently stir the rice pudding on the stovetop because it can easily stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.
- If you don't have mastic, rose water, or orange blossom water, you can add vanilla instead.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: stovetop
- Cuisine: Syrian
- Serving Size: 3/4 cup
- Calories: 258 calories
- Sugar: 28.8 g
- Sodium: 93 mg
- Fat: 4.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.4 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 1.7 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 48.8 g
- Fiber: 0.9 g
- Protein: 7.7 g
- Cholesterol: 16 mg
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