Sahlab drink reminds me of cold winter evenings in Canada, where we would gather as a family by the fireplace. It is the perfect winter drink and I love it more than Hot Chocolate.

Introduced to the Middle East by the Ottoman Empire as Salep, centuries ago, it can be found in cafes and street stalls across the Levant region and is popular during the winter months. Sahlab is a powder that is made from the tubers of a kind of orchid flower that is unique to the region.  Some of the fragrant ingredients used in this delicious dessert drink are pistachios, rose water, orange blossom, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and many more — all giving it a distinctive Middle Eastern touch. Try this with your family tonight! This drink works perfectly with yummy Anise Cookies!

INFORMATION

DifficultyBeginnerYields4 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time15 mins

INGREDIENTS

 4 cups Milk
 1 tbsp Sahlab (or 4 tbsp cornstarch)
 1 cup Sugar
 1 tbsp Rose water
 Cinnamon (garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS

1

Combine sahlab or cornstarch and water in a small cup and stir well.

2

Add milk to a sauce pan or dutch oven pot.

3

Stir in sahlab mixture in milk before it gets warm.

4

Add in rose water and sugar.

5

Stir and bring to a simmer, and keep stirring until thickened. Allow to boil for 2 minutes, while still stirring.

6

Transfer to dessert bowls or mugs and sprinkle with cinnamon and pistachios.

7

Serve Sahlab with Anise cookies.

Ingredients

 4 cups Milk
 1 tbsp Sahlab (or 4 tbsp cornstarch)
 1 cup Sugar
 1 tbsp Rose water
 Cinnamon (garnish)

Directions

1

Combine sahlab or cornstarch and water in a small cup and stir well.

2

Add milk to a sauce pan or dutch oven pot.

3

Stir in sahlab mixture in milk before it gets warm.

4

Add in rose water and sugar.

5

Stir and bring to a simmer, and keep stirring until thickened. Allow to boil for 2 minutes, while still stirring.

6

Transfer to dessert bowls or mugs and sprinkle with cinnamon and pistachios.

7

Serve Sahlab with Anise cookies.

Sahlab