Meghli or Caraway Rice Pudding

This pudding is a festive dessert made in the Middle East to celebrate the birth of a new baby. Excited guests who go visit the newborn are also as excited to eat this Meghli pudding. This treat is not only naturally vegan and gluten free but it is also very delicious and the nuts add a nice crunch to the soft spicy and sweet filling inside!


  • 1 Cup rice flour

  • 7 Cups aniseed water (or just water) cold or room temperature

  • 1 Tbsp caraway powder

  • 1 Tbsp aniseed powder

  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon powder

  • 1 Cup granulated sugar

  • Garnish: 1/2 Cup of each of the following: shredded coconut, almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, walnuts and cashews. Soak the nuts in ice cold water at least 30 minutes before serving.


  1. In a medium pot, stir the rice flour with the aniseed water for just water till dissolved completely.

  2. Bring pot to medium heat and stir constantly, add the sugar.

  3. Keep stirring till mixture thickens and starts bubbling.

  4. Add the caraway, aniseed and cinnamon, taste and adjust the sugar content if you like the pudding sweeter.

  5. Off heat, serve the pudding in individual serving bowls or in one deep platter.

  6. Place in the fridge once pudding comes to room temperature.

  7. Once cold (it needs a couple of hours in the fridge), garnish with the coconut and the nuts.

  8. Enjoy!

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