Ashtaliyeh or cream pudding
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ceilithe February 20, 2011
This reminds me of "yakh dar behesht," an Iranian cornstarch-based pudding translated as "ice in paradise." Yummy, or as they say in Persian "bah bah" :)
kristy49 February 20, 2011
I had had tis or something similar when my Arabic friend and I worked together she'd make it. It is really delicious! Thabks for the recipe!
sixtyfive February 20, 2011
Please explain "cream cheese spread" and "mastic".
Taste O. February 23, 2011
In Middle-Eastern stores (and in some main supermarkets as well) there is a cheese spread called PUCK or Kiri; it is similar to cream cheese and can be used interchangeably. As for mastic, it is a type of resin extracted from a tree in Chios, Greece and used extensively in Lebanese, Greek, Turkish and other cuisines of the region; this mastic gum is available in Arabic or Greek stores, as well as online sold through Amazon and others. To be used it needs to be ground in a small mortar with a dash of sugar or placed in a plastic bag and crushed with a rolling pin. It is an optional spice, but adds a distinct flavor to this dessert.
Jennifer A. February 19, 2011
This is really beautiful, and sounds delicious! I am adding to my recipe box to try soon.
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