Palestinian hamra o baida … Milk and grape molasses pudding … حمرا و بيضا



A traditional old Palestinian dessert, that consists of two layers the one on the bottom is milk pudding (mhallabiyya), and the one on the top is grape molasses pudding. So light and delicious. In Palestine, people do it mostly in winter because molasses make them feel warm. So easy to do. If you know how to do ( mhallabiyya), you will do this dessert. 


First layer: 

  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tbs sugar 
  • 3 tbs corn starch
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • A pinch of finely ground miska (Arabic gum) optional.

 Second layer:

  • 1/2 cup grape molasses ( dibs 3inab) دبس العنب
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbs corn starch ( depends on the corn starch you use, sometimes you need more or less).


  1. In a medium sized pot, add milk, sugar and corn starch. Whisk until the starch dissolves. Place pot on stove at medium high heat and keep whisking the mixture until the texture thickens.
  2. Add orange blossom water and miska. Stir to combine. In small bowls (as seen in the picture), divide the milk mixture between the bowls to fill a half of each bowl.
  3. In another pot, add grape molasses, water and starch. Whisk well until all the starch dissolves.
  4. Keep whisking the mixture on medium high heat until the texture thickens.
  5. Spread the molasses mixture on top of each bowl.
  6. Let cool and refrigerate until ready to serve. 
  7. Garnish with crushed walnuts and shaved coconuts.



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