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Meghli, (sometimes called karawiyah or moghli) is a Lebanese national favorite dessert. It is basically a floured rice pudding that is well spiced with cinnamon, anise and caraway. Meghli is traditionally served to celebrate special occassions, like the birth of a child, Christmas, other national holidays – or even just as a special treat when entertaining guests. Meghli is often garnished with shredded coconut and different nuts – this particular recipe calls for pistachios, but you could also use pine nuts, almonds, walnuts, etc.


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Meghli Recipe-

  1. About two hours before preparing your meghli, soak the rice flour in 2 cups of water.
  2. Chop the nuts up real fine, and soak them in a bowl filled with a mixture of half and half fresh water and rose water.
  3. Next, boil 4 cups of water in a large pan. Using a whisk, add and stir into the pot the rice flour and water mixture.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium and, whisking continuously, little by little add and stir in the sugar and spices.
  5. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens – about 45-50 minutes should do it.
  6. When nice and thick, pour the mixture into individual serving bowls; garnish with shredded coconut and the rose water-soaked chopped pistachios.
  7. Place the serving bowls in the refrigerator and allow to get cold for a good three hours before serving your meghli.

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