Yesterday, the Holy Month of Ramadan started for muslims around the world.

During this sacred month, I always cook Algerian cuisine; especially traditional dishes, breads, and sweets.

Yesterday, I made Palouza, a creamy, sweet and refreshing dessert. Similar to M’halbi, both are popular in Algeria. The recipe varies from family to family, and it is usually served for celebrations and during the Holy Ramadan.

Serves: 6


  • 1 liter of full fat milk
  • 100g of corn starch/maïzena
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of orange blossom water or rose water
  • Cinnamon or some pistachios or dried apricots (for decoration)


  1. In a pan; pour the milk, add the maïzena and the sugar.
  2. Combine all the ingredients together and cook over a low medium heat.
  3. Pour the orange blossom water.
  4. Whisk continuously until the mixture becomes smooth and a little thick (not too much). This usually takes around 15 minutes (depending on the stove).
  5. Pour the Palouza into ramekins or small bowls.
  6. Set aside in the fridge for 4 hours or more.
  7. Before serving, sprinkle some cinnamon or chopped pistachios/dried apricots.

Bonne Dégustation and Ramadan Kareem!

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