Coconut Cream Malabi

Coconut Cream Malabi

Malabi is one of our favorite desserts here at Delicious Israel, in Israel, and across the Middle East. Malabi a milk pudding that is Turkish in origin and uniquely Middle Eastern in flavor - you will find the traditional rosewater a welcome change from cloyingly sweet desserts. Malabi can be enjoyed any time of day, and is perfect in the hot Israeli summers. We love to sip Turkish coffee flavored with cardamom alongside this sweet dish.

Our vegan and parve friendly Coconut Cream Malabi is surprisingly simple to make. Feel free to play around and mix in your favorite toppings and syrups! The recipe below serves four, but this can be easily doubled or even tripled for larger crowds.

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1 can coconut milk
3 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
3 tsp. water
1 tbsp. rose or orange blossom water
Crushed (or chopped) nuts, to taste
Desiccated coconut
Pomegranate molasses
Optional toppings: chopped seasonal fruit (strawberries, apricots, mango)


  1. In a small saucepan combine the coconut milk and sugar. Bring to a boil.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix the cornstarch and water until well combined. Slowly add the cornstarch to the saucepan, continuously stirring.

  3. Over medium heat, continue stirring until the pudding thickens - may take 3 to 5 minutes. If needed to thicken, add additional cornstarch in small amounts until mixture begins to thicken.

  4. Mix in the orange blossom or rose water, then pour or ladle into four small bowls.

  5. Allow to cool for one hour before serving.

  6. When ready to serve, top with layer of pomegranate molasses or silan (date honey), desiccated coconut, and ground nuts.