The best way to describe this Lebanese dessert is as a rice pudding. Reportedly created in Beirut, Lebanon in 1880, this traditional pudding is flavored with turmeric, pine nuts, and tahini (sesame paste).

Serves: 2

Total Time:


  • 1 cup arborio rice#AD
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Pine nuts


  1. Place rice and water in saucepan.
  2. Add turmeric.
  3. Bring to boil, then turn down to low simmer and cook until rice is done, about 20 minutes.*
  4. Add tahini and sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and bubbles.
  5. Move to serving bowl, and sprinkle with pine nuts.
  6. Serve once dessert cools to room temperature.

* You can also place the rice in water, add turmeric, and soak overnight for more flavor, then follow the rest of the directions as written.

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