With two new Gazal babies born this month, one of my favourite Lebanese sweets has been made and eaten in abundance!
Meghli is a traditional lebanese dessert, which is a type of rice pudding spiced with anise, caraway and cinnamon and topped with nuts and shredded coconut.
Traditionally, the dish was made to celebrate the birth of a male heir to the family, however, over time meghli became a celebration dish - one made to welcome all new babies into the family and often enjoyed at Christmas time.
The name meghli means "boiled" in Arabic - referring to the long cooking time where the cook must continuously stir the meghli as it boils. Luckily, all of that cooking time is well worth it as the end result is a delicious dessert - and one of my favourite Lebanese sweets!
My girls and I are absolutely smitten with the two new arrivals (my sisters daughter Naya and my cousin Michelle's son) and enjoying all of the delicious leftover meghli too!