Monday, January 17, 2011


Having lived in middle east for almost 8 years now I have always been drawn to their rich traditions and cuisines. Though majority of the middle eastern dishes comprises mainly of meat, eggs they still have many vegetarian delicacies.

Recently I got my hand on a lebanese cook book.. Cooking the Lebanese Way by Suad Amari and while rummaging thru the pages I found this lebanese dessert called Meghli. One look and I knew that I will be making it soon. This is my kind of dessert- very healthy, no ghee, no butter, no cream.

Meghli a kind of rice pudding also known as spice pudding is traditionally made on the birth of a son or on the birth of a girl child after many sons in the family.. and is flavoured with caraway, fennel, anise and cinnamon and garnished with coconut and nuts of one's choice.

Ingredients :

Rice flour or ground rice- 1 cup + 2 tbsp
Granulated White Sugar- 1 cup
Water -4 cups + 2 cups
Cinnamon Powder- 1 tsp
Ground Fennel- 1 tsp
Ground Caraway- 2 tsp
Grated Coconut, Pine nuts and blanched Almonds for garnishing.

  • Soak rice flour in 2 cups of water for about 1 or 2 hours.
  • Add sugar and spices to this soaked flour and stir well.
  • Boil 4 cups of water and add the above flour to the boiling water, stir continuously avoiding any lumps.
  • Keep boiling and stirring in between in low heat till the mixture thickens and coats the back of spoon.
  • Pour in individual glasses or bowls or ramekins. Allow to cool.
  • Serve cold topped with shredded coconut and nuts.


I halved the above recipe and got 3 ramekins of pudding.

Usually ground anise is used in place of fennel or all the four spices( cinnamon, anise, fennel and caraway) can be used together... Caraway is the most important spice. I didn't have anise so omitted it.


  1. Delicious Megli,those blanched almonds look very tempting.

  2. Rice pudding looks soooo irresistible,sounds easy,thanks for sending to CWS.

  3. Meghli looks delicious and something new for me also..

  4. This is new to me....thanks for sharing and ur clicks looks great.

  5. Different recipe, looks really tempting. Thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook : )

  6. That looks very refined and extremely enjoyable!

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  7. We have so many variaitions with this one: reminds me of the arrowroot pudding/sweet we make in Kerala. Thankyou for sharing this recipe!

  8. Very different the usual ones, looks yummy dear..

  9. Hi foodie! seasons greetings to u & family,
    i am hooked on to ur rice pudding and yes this is my kind of dessert too ! u have a very lovely space here and do keep in touch !

  10. First time here....
    meghli sounds new to me
    looks delicious....

    Glad to follow u

    check my space when u find time dear.


  11. The recipe and the ingredients sounds very intersting,looks so yummy,nice presentation!

  12. Love the almonds in this! The dish looks really beautiful!

  13. your rice pudding looks good. I was thinking of making some coconut rice pudding these days, maybe I'll give yours a try instead.
    Thanks for sharing,
    hope you'll have a wonderful week

  14. A Very new recipe!!! Looks inviting!!!

  15. That looks truly yummy! First visit - great recipe!

  16. Wow Raji, this pudding looks so irresistible and I'd love to dig into the same! The garnish looks lovely!


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