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stovetop rice pudding with cooked rice

Grandma's Stovetop Rice Pudding With Cooked Rice

  • Author: Samara
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


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


  1. 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).
  2. Bring to a boil, then cover and lower the heat until the rice is fully cooked. Set aside.
  3. Crush the mastic beads until they turn into a fine powder.
  4. Add the mastic powder into a pot with the cornstarch, sugar, and milk.
  5. Whisk until fully incorporated or until the cornstarch has dissolved. Make sure everything has fully dissolved.
  6. 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).
  7. Once thick and creamy like a runny custard, add in the rice, rosewater, and orange blossom water and cook for another 3-5 minutes. 
  8. 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

Keywords: rice pudding, creamy rice pudding, Lebanese desserts, Syrian desserts, Palestinian desserts, middle eastern cuisine, sweet, sweet rice pudding, roz b haleeb, rip b haleeb

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