SAHLAB – AN AMMANI TRADITION
SILKY SMOOTH MIDDLE EASTERN DRINK
It is such a comforting drink that works well for a winter dessert or an afternoon drink, it is healthy and not too sweet. Preparing sahlab from scratch tastes much better than the powdered mixture that you can purchase from the supermarket. Follow the recipe below, I promise you will love it!
HOW TO MAKE SAHLAB
MIDDLE EASTERN FLAVOURS
Middle Eastern flavours are fascinating. Especially when it comes to desserts, you will notice some ingredients being used quite often such as pistachios, rose water, orange blossom, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and many more… All of these ingredients have very distinctive flavours, and the pistachios with it’s bright green colour can always help identify a Middle Eastern dessert. There many variations of this milk pudding drink; Sahlab. Of course the simplest version is made with milk, cornstarch and sweetened with sugar. Everything else is an extra. But I believe that everything else is also very necessary.
If you want to make this with minimal toppings, I’d say go for ground cinnamon and desiccated coconut. And if you happen to have some crushed pistachios and walnuts in your cupboard, then why not add them too (sorry I can’t help it!).
If you follow the exact recipe that I’ve written below, there are as little as 222 calories per serving. Imagine all of that deliciousness without the guilt!
The kids always ask for a refill right away after finishing the first cup! And this is pretty much what happened this afternoon, we had warm “Sahlab” with yummy Aniseed Biscuits, and the Sahlab was gone as well as the biscuits!
What is your favourite winter drink?
Sahlab (Middle Eastern Milk Pudding)
Middle Eastern sweet milk pudding that can be topped with crushed nuts and desiccated coconut.
- 1 litre milk
- 25 grams cornstarch
- 6 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp shredded coconut
- chopped walnuts or pistachios
- 1 tsp Almond extract optional
- raisins optional
Combine milk, cornstarch, sugar, and vanilla extract and beat with a whisk over medium heat, bring to boil and let the mixture boil for 2 minutes while stirring. (Or until thick and creamy)
Serve hot in mugs and top with a pinch of cinnamon, shredded coconuts, and pistachios or walnuts on each serving.