Malabi | Israeli Dessert

Malabi is a milk and corn starch based dessert flavoured with rose water. The dish origins from Turkey but is quite famous in Israel.

Malabi serves best when refrigerated for a couple of hours until it firms completely. I didn’t wait as much and poured the cherry compote on top of it before it settled perfectly. That’s why you can see a sunken top on the serving dishes.

I made the cornstarch version but there are several other variations made with rice flour, tapioca starch and so.

Blogging Marathon#78 Week1/Day2
Theme-Israeli Cuisine
Dish– Malabi
SourceJewish Food Experience

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

A milk and corn starch based sweet rice pudding flavoured with rose water is a popular Israeli desert. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Israeli
Servings: 4
Author: Sapana Behl
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup corn starch or rice powder
  • 2 tablespoon honey or sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup water
For cherries compote
  • 1 cup cherries
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon water
  1. In a saucepan add honey and milk and start cooking it on low for few minutes.

  2. Dissolve corn starch in water and gently add it in the cooking milk.

  3. Stir and cook for 10 minutes or until it starts thickening. Remove from heat and add rose water and vanilla extract.

  4. Cool the malabi and let it set in the refrigerator for 4to 6 hours or until set completely.

  5. Cook pitted cherries with water and sugar until it starts thickening. Cool and drizzle on top of malabi before serving.

Recipe Notes

You can serve malabi with dried fruits or any seasonal fruit compote.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 bowl
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 36.9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.1g 6%
Saturated Fat 2..3g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%
Sugars 24.4g
Protein 4.4g 9%

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



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11 comments on “Malabi | Israeli Dessert”

  1. Vaishali says:

    It’s a lovely dessert , light and a beautiful flavour of rose , we loved it when I made it for one of the BM.

  2. Lipsmacking dessert, droolworthy Malabi, too good.

  3. Gayathri says:

    What a lovely dessert!. Even the sunken top looks beautiful..

  4. Looks awesome Sapana, infact I love the sunken look on the glass..:)

  5. Preeti says:

    Dessert looks amazing.. creamy and lipsmacking.

  6. This dessert is new to me but I love it.The sunken part makes it look more classy.

  7. Awesome dessert and love that cherries compote.

  8. This looks amazing!!!Awesome clicks!!!

  9. it looks very delicious. By the way can what else can we use if I am allergic to rose water.
    Check this it may may help you to make your kitchen the best place in your house and can take your cooking experience to a new level.

    1. Thanks. You may use saffron, vanilla, cinnamon or any other flavour of your choice.

  10. delicious dessert sapana, those sunken cherries on top shows how rich and thick the pudding is!!

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