Sahlab: A drink with a touch of Middle East


Sahlab is a traditional Middle East drink. This can be consumed during winter, like we drink the soup. Sahlab is a powder which is extracted out of a type of orchid plant and is available in the market. Corn flour can also be used instead.


3 tbs of sahlab or corn flour

3 cups milk

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp rose water

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp dried nuts


Mix 3 tbsp of Sahlab/ corn flour in 3 tbsps of milk.

Stir well till there is no lumps.

Add this mixture into 3 cups of milk and boil by adding sugar.

Add rose water to it.

Stir continuously to avoid lump formation.

When the mixture thickens, remove it from the flame and add cinnamon powder and dry nuts.

This can be served hot or cold.

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