Has anyone ever tried Malabi?
Malabi is the best dessert ever, and it is made with creamy coconut/rose water flavored gelatin and topped with coconut flakes. It is usually served with an amazing cranberry sauce surrounding it, as well as toppings you can choose from.
The image above shows what you might get when ordering a Malabi from a small shop in Tel Aviv-- and this is its fancier counterpart, sold by some Israeli-American restaurants in NYC such as Mimi's Hummus on Cortelyou Road.
To make this dessert, you would have to first make the pudding; to make this dish vegetarian or vegan, you could use rice flour or corn starch as a base. Mix 1/2 a cup of milk with the flour and whisk in in a pan on medium heat for five minutes. Stir in vanilla extract and rosewater to taste.
Then you refrigerate for about 2 hours until the mixture has solidified, and add the cranberry syrup and extra toppings! If it sounds very simple, almost like a kid's dessert-- that's because it is. However, it is also a dessert which can be served at dinner parties and restaurants. If you are too lazy to make it yourself