Lebanese Rice Pudding - Meghli

Servings: 4-6
Preparation time: 75 minutes

1 cup ground rice
5 cups cold water
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp powdered aniseed
1/2 tsp powdered fennel seed
1/2 tsp powdered caraway seed
2 tsp ground cinnamon
shredded coconut or slivered almonds for garnish


 Mix one cup of the cold water and the ground rice into a smooth paste. Stir in the sugar and all ingredients except the garnish.

In a heavy saucepan bring the remaining 5 cups of water to a boil. Stir in the rice mixture gradually, stir vigorously. Stir constantly until the mixture comes to boil again.

Reduce heat to very low and simmer. Stir occasionally, to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan, for about 1 hour or until done.

Transfer to individual dessert bowls and refrigerate.

Serve chilled and decorate with coconut or slivered almonds if desired.

The Lebanese psyche equates food and love, so no wonder they eat Meghli at weddings and birth.