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Om Ali recipe

Om Ali recipe

19 ratings

A delicious dessert that's perfect for sharing, this traditional Egyptian pudding is an ideal addition to Iftar. Crunchy roasted nuts pair perfectly with the creamy, fruity sauce and the flaky filo pastry. Whether you are preparing this for your Ramadan celebrations, or you just want to try a different pudding, this will go down a storm with everyone! See method

  • Serves 10
  • 20 mins to prepare and 35 mins to cook, 15 mins to cool
  • 608 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 250g filo pastry, thawed if frozen
  • 1.4 ltrs semi-skimmed milk
  • 400ml tin lighter coconut milk
  • 397g tin condensed milk
  • 100g dark soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 150g raisins
  • 80g walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 80g whole almonds, roughly chopped
  • 80g pistachios, roughly chopped

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    31g 45%
  • Saturates

    13g 65%
  • Sugars

    52g 58%
  • Salt

    0.5g 9%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 67.7g Protein 15.6g Fibre 3.1g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180 ̊C, fan 160 ̊C. Lightly grease a deep nonstick 25 x 35cm roasting tin with 1 tsp oil. Unroll the filo pastry sheets and, using scissors, cut into 3cm squares. Scatter into the prepared tin to separate, then drizzle with the remaining oil and toss to coat. Bake for 30 mins, tossing every 5 mins, until lightly golden, then transfer to a similar-sized baking dish.
  2. Meanwhile, put the milk, coconut milk, condensed milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut and raisins in a large saucepan over a medium-low heat. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then bring to the boil and simmer for 5 mins, stirring to prevent it sticking or burning, until well combined and thickened slightly.
  3. Preheat the grill to high. Pour the milk mixture over the cooked pastry shards, then scatter over the nuts. Set aside for 5 mins to thicken, then grill for 3-5 mins or until the top is golden brown. Set aside to cool for 5-10 mins before serving (it will continue to thicken as it rests).

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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