Lebanese Rice Pudding – Riz b-Haleeb

June 13th, 2010 by Cecile Arsan Leave a reply »

Many Lebanese cookbooks will tell you that Lebanese rice pudding isn’t so different from western rice pudding. They are perhaps made in a similar way, but they do not taste the same at all. I was never truly fond of rice pudding until I tasted riz b-haleeb the true Lebanese way. And now I love it. Here is an authentic recipe for a delicious oriental rice pudding garnished with pistachios & almonds.

Cooking phase: 1hr
Resting phase: 3hrs or more

Servings: 6-8

Lebanese Rice Pudding

Ingredients: Use the same measurement cup for the rice, water, milk and sugar!
1 cup of rice, 2 cups of water, 8 cups of milk, 1 cup of sugar, 2 tbsp of orange blossom water, 1 tbsp of rose water

1. In a small pan, place 1 cup of rice in 2 cups of water and let it boil for ~15min until the water has evaporated
2. In a large pot, heat 8 cups of milk until boiling, then add the cooked rice and stir constantly under medium heat for ~20min. Do not let the milk & rice rest – you must keep on stirring
3. Add 1 cup of sugar and continue stirring for ~20min
4. Add 2 tbsp of orange blossom water and 1 tbsp of rose water and stir for another 5min
5. At this point, the pudding should be thick. Remove from the heat and place in a large glass container or in small individual glasses. Let the pudding cool down in the refrigerator for at least 3hrs. Serve cold with pistachios & almonds

Do you like riz b-haleeb? What is your favorite Lebanese sweet?


  1. Nader says:

    Hi Cecile, I love riz b Haleeb, it is one of my favourite, good JOB. I usually have it with crushed pistachio, and I like extra rose water or Ma Zaher in lebanese.

    Cheers ..


  2. Cecile says:

    Nader, Thanks for the comment. I definitely like eating riz b-haleeb with crushed pistachios. I am also a big fan of Mazaher, but don’t you mean orange blossom water? (as opposed to rose water Maward)

  3. Nader says:

    Hi Cecile,
    Yeah it could be Orange Blossom is what we know as mazaher (not sure), but definately it is not mawared, mawared tastes more than a syrop with thicker texture than a flavoring agent like mazaher…

    Yummmy !

  4. Cecile says:

    Exactly. Mazaher is very light and has a fresh flowery taste, as opposed to Mawared which feels syrupy. I like to add 2 tbsp of Mazaher (orange blossom) and only 1 tbsp of Mawared (rose).