Sammah's Liyali Libnan

>> Saturday, June 5, 2010

This is a relatively healthy dessert that I make throughout the year and also in Ramadan. I've tried many recipes and then visited a friend in Bahrain and tried her mother's recipe and it's the best there is.

6 cups cold whole fat milk
3/4 cups semolina (smeed)
3 tbsp sugar or honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp May Zaher (orange flower water)
5 pieces of mastika (Arabic gum but in the crystal form; broken down with a mortar and pestle or any other pounding device you have in your kitchen ;)


1.5 cups whipping cream
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 cups shredded cocount
ground pistachios
fresh fruit of your choice (I've topped it with bananas, strawberries, pineapple; basically whatever I have in my fridge)

  • Pour the milk, gum, vanilla and may zaher 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.
  • 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.
  • To serve, whip the whipping cream with sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread a thin layer of whipped cream over the pudding. Sprinkle with shredded coconut, chopped nuts and top each square with fruit. Cut into squares, and serve with honey poured around it.
Note: I have tried making it with Attar (sugar syrup) and it doesn't compare to the honey. That's the main reason I switched recipes; the honey, mastika, and coconut mix are awesome.

Enjoy :))


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