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Vegan Ruz b Halib (Dairy-Free Rice Pudding)

A popular Syrian rice pudding made plant based. This creamy luscious dessert is a favourite during Ramadan. Made with a protein-packed dairy-free alternative, this vegan Ruz b Halib tastes no different than the traditional.

Ruz b Halib - Syrian Rice Pudding

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Vegan Ruz b Halib (Dairy-Free Rice Pudding)

Recipe by Waseem HijaziCourse: Dessert, RamadanCuisine: Arabic, Middle EasternDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 cup short grain rice, rinsed & soaked 15 mins

  • 2 cups water

  • 6 cups plant milk (I used oat milk for a creamier texture)

  • 250 g firm tofu

  • 3 tbsp cornstarch

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1/4 tsp mastic, crushed (found at Middle Eastern stores)

  • 1/8 cup rose water

  • 1/2 cup crushed pistachios


  • Add rice & water to a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Once it bubbles, turn to low, cover, and cook for 12 to 15 minutes. The rice should be about 75% cooked. Most water should be absorbed.
  • Blend half of the plant milk & tofu. Add it to the pot, along with remaining plant milk. Using a whisk, stir until all rice is separated.
  • Whisk the cornstarch & water in a small bowl to make a slurry. Add it to the pot, along with the sugar & crushed mastic. Whisk until sugar is dissolved.
  • Bring it to a boil over medium heat – continue whisking. Once it bubbles, turn the heat to low. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until thickened – whisking continuously.
  • Once creamy, remove from heat, and whisk in the rose water.
  • Empty into 12 small bowls. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  • Garnish with crushed pistachios and serve.
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