recipe Kibbeh bel-laban

Rice pudding with Dates is a healthy and heart friendly dessert rich in protein and calcium. Its nutritional value will be superior if brown rice used in the recipe instead of white rice.


  • 3 cups of low fat (1%) milk
  • 18 dates (pitted and chopped)
  • 3 cups of steamed white or brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of flaked almonds or walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder


  • Blend the steamed rice until texture becomes coarse
  • Place the semi blended rice in a sauce pan and add the milk, dates and honey, then mix it all until the mixture becomes consistent
  • Cook the mixture at low heat for 15 minutes and stir it frequently until the dates become tender and soft
  • Pour the mixture into glass serving cups and top it with cinnamon powder and flaked almond or walnuts
  • Serve it hot or refrigerate and serve chilled
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serving size: 1 cup
Servings: 9 cups
Calories per serving: 170
Fat per serving: 2 grams

Health Profile

This dish is appropriate for children, adults, pregnant and nursing mothers and seniors, but people with diabetes or kidney failure should consult their dietitians. The amount of the carbohydrate per serving is 30 grams (2 choices).
Nutritional Values of Dates
Dates are tasty, nutritional and rich in sugar. Muslims begin their Iftar meal with dates (three pieces preferable) to rapidly increase blood sugar. Dates are rich in iron, Vitamin B, fiber, Vitamin K, antioxidants, calcium and folic acid. Dates should be eaten in moderation. One serving (three pieces) equals about 60 calories. Adding an almond to a date increases nutritional value.