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Roz bi-Haleeb Mbattan (Rice, Milk, and Orange Pudding)

A recipe for Roz bi-Haleeb Mbattan (Rice, Milk, and Orange Pudding) from The Aleppo Cookbook by Marlene Matar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Syrian
Keyword dessert, milk, orange, pudding, rice, Syria, Syrian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting Time: 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 50 minutes
Servings 4 -6 Servings

Ingredients

For the Rice and Milk Layer:

  • 1/3 cup (2 1/2 ounces, 70 grams) short-grain rice preferably Egyptian
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 3 3/4 cups (890 ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces, 50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce, 30 grams) cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) cold water

For the Orange Layer:

  • 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces, 100 grams) granulated sugar or to taste
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce, 30 grams) cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) cold water
  • Peeled pistachios or almonds to garnish

Instructions

To prepare the rice and milk layer:

  • Wash and drain the rice. Place it in a small pot with 1 cup/240 ml water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover the pot, lower the heat, and cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Mix the milk with the sugar and pour into a medium pot. Add the rice.
  • Place the pot over high heat, stirring continuously until the mixture comes to a boil. Lower the heat and continue to cook, stirring, for a further 8 minutes.
  • Stir the cornstarch into 1/4 cup (60 ml) cold water and pour gradually into the simmering milk. Stir continuously until it returns to a boil and thickens. Simmer for a few seconds, then pour into small glass serving dishes or into one large glass bowl. Cool and refrigerae for a few hours.

To prepare orange layer and serve:

  • Place the orange juice, zest, and sugar in a pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Simmer for a few seconds then pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove the zest. Return the juice to the pot.
  • Stir the cornstarch into 1/4 cup (60 ml) water, then stir the mixture into the orange juice in the pot.
  • Plaec the pot over medium heat and stir continuously until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Simmer for a few seconds. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Pour slowly over the milk layer. Cool, then refrigerate.
  • Serve cold, decorated with pistachios or almonds.