I always love middle eastern desserts . Specially the milk desserts , they  are all really light to tummy not too sugar loaded . And yes they all have a great flavor of rose water or orange blossom water . A feel of  arabian era…
This recipe was attracted just because of its name Layali Lubnan,;Lebanese night it means …. I checked with my few Lebanese friends and they were also clue less why this name . All they told me is this dessert is a versatile one they have many variations , quite common during Ramadan as they can make it ahead , some add coconut , some add cinnamon , just like over night oats kind they have it with fruits like banana or dry fruits like fig  for suhoor .
All I know is this dessert is yum , and I had to make it twice … because what I made got over in a jiffy , so couldn’t click a pic for the blog . 
Do comment if you make it like this or if you know why the name is so? …..


Semolina milk pudding

  • 3 cups milk 
  • 1/2 cup semolina (in same cup which I used to measure milk , I used roasted semolina)
  • 3tbs Sugar
  • 3tbs condense milk (can increase or decrease according to preference)
  • 1 tbs rose water 
  • 1 tsp orange blossom (optional)
  • 1 can puck cream (nestle or whipping cream any )

Sugar syrup 

  • 1 cup water 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 3 cardamom 
  • 1 tbs rose water 

Pistachio chopped 1/2 cup 

  • In a non stick pan add milk , semolina , sugar, condense milk and half of rose water (rest half we will add after cooking)
  • Boil it to cook , continuously stir it , so lumps won’t come 
  • You need to make it thick creamy consistency . Not too thick 
  • Once it becomes thick , switch off the fire and add the remaining rose water and orange blossom water 
  • Mean while make the sugar syrup just boil all together .Sugar syrup also needs to boil and thicken too . Sieve the syrup
  • In a Pyrex glass dish or individual cups pour the sugar syrup first layer and then add the semolina milk pudding .
  • Level it with a spoon .
  • Then add the cream on top of it and add pistachios also and leave it 5 hrs in fridge to set.
  • You can cut this as a cake or eat as a pudding . 


  • Dessert needs to be chilled , then only it’s tasty 
  • Orange blossom could be replaced with vanilla essence or could avoid both . I dint add both 
  • This is not any sponsored post can use any brand kasha/thick cream 
  • One of my blogger friend Rafeeda said she avoids sugar syrup , rather drizzles honey 

Step 1 the ingredients for the milk pudding 

Step 2 ingredients for the sugar syrup 

Let’s boil the milk and semolina with sugar and condense milk 

It needs to be thick 

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Meanwhile boil the sugar syrup 

In a Pyrex dish add the syrup first and then the semolina Milk pudding and level with spoon 

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Then add the cream on top of it 

Garnish with nuts and leave to set in fridge for 5 hrs , as I dint have time I kept to freezer for an hour and then kept in fridge 

Pour sugar syrup if you want and enjoy 

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The music in background is Sami Yusuf’s song was listening in YouTube . It’s his Hasbi Rabbi , he played it live in Kerala here in dubai http://samiyusufofficial.com/ click to know more about him and his music to buy .


  1. I make the Layali Lubnan slightly different with an egg in it, and no sugar syrup! I use the cream and top with honey, just to give it a healthy feel… hehe… but I love how creamy your dessert looks, makes me want to stretch my hands and pick it up!

  2. I made this today with the addition of mastic tears and skipped the condensed milk. And of course, halved the recipe for we are just two. And a sweet-toothed hubby who was deprived of desserts was so happy and we finished all of it in one sitting. Technically our Suhoor. 😛


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