It is served in many versions, e.g. with chopped pistachios sprinkled on top (Lebanese style), date syrup topped with pistachios and walnuts (Israeli style), or with water in place of milk (Turkish: Su muhallebisi, Greek: Μαχαλλεπί του νερού (mahallepi tou nerou)). Flavorings such as vanilla, orange water, and rose water may be added to the pudding.
In Israel, Malabi (Hebrew word for Muhallebi) is made of almond milk instead of cow milk because of kashrut observation. It is called 'Malabi Shekedim'.