Muhallebi or Mahalabia in Arabic is a kind of milk-based pudding with origins from Persia. This dessert has basic ingredients like milk, rice flour, sugar, orange blossom or rose water. It is popular in Middle Eastern Countries and I still remember the taste of it during a visit of Haifa, Israel a couple of years ago.
The legend said an Arab general who liked it so much gave its name to the dessert. There are lot of variations of this dessert with rice as well. In Cyprus, there is even a version without milk.
In some jewish sephardi homes, this dessert can serve to break the fast of the highest holiday of the Jewish calendar: Yom Kippur” or can be eaten at Turkish Jewish weddings to symbolize the sweet life that lies ahead. Sephardim serve it on the festival of Shavuot when it is customary to eat dairy food.
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