Custard with Cardamom Rose Water

A traditional custard in The United Arab Emirates - a holiday favorite.


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons custard powder (commercial)
  • 2 tablespoons rose water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • Ground pistachios (optional)


  1. Put milk, sugar and cardamom into a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat.
  2. Mix the custard powder with a little water to make a smooth thin paste. Gradually stir it into the milk mixture, whisking constantly. Continue stirring until the custard is smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and add rose water. Return to the stove and place over a very low heat a few minutes.
  4. Pour into custard dishes, and garnish with pistachios.
  5. Chill.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.