Magic in the Kitchen: Moghli

"Moghli", also known as "Karawya", is a special Middle Eastern dessert prepared when celebrating the birth of a new baby. It is traditional for new mothers to prepare this dessert when receiving visitors the first few weeks after the baby is born. This dish is also said to help increase the flow of a nursing mother's milk. Here is one method of preparing this simple dish. Enjoy!


- 6 cups of water
- 1/2 a cup of ground rice
- 2 cups of fine sugar
- 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of caraway seed
- 4 tablespoons of pine nuts, or as desired
- 2 tablespoons of coconut
- 2 tablespoons of pistachio
- 1/4 cup of walnuts


  • Heat only 3 cups of water in a pot over a high temperature until the water begins to boil.
  • Mix the sugar, cinnamon powder, and the caraway seed together then add them to the boiling water. Stir well until the sugar dissolves and the color of the water becomes dark brown.
  • Mix the ground rice with the remaining 3 cups of room temperature water, then add this mix to the boiled water. Lower the temperature to the minimum and make sure you continue to stir the boiling mixture with a wooden spoon.
  • Keep stirring until the mixture thickens.
  • Pour into small serving plates or a large serving plate.
  • Sprinkle the coconut and arrange the pine nut, walnuts, and pistachios on top.
  • Place the plate in the fridge to let it cool down. This dish is served cold.