SAHLAB DRINK – AN AMMANI TRADITION
SILKY SMOOTH MIDDLE EASTERN DRINKS
Sahlab is one of the most popular Middle Eastern drinks. 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 DRINK
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 its 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!
SAHLAB POWDER RECIPE
Sahlab powder is sold in most Middle Eastern stores, it is usually flavoured with rose water. However, I like to make my own mix at the beginning of the winter to prepare Sahlab quickly on these cold winter evenings.
Simply, combine powdered milk with vanilla extract and starch (take amounts from the recipe card below), then I just add water and let it boil until it’s bubbly. Remove from heat and let it slightly set.
The kids in our house always ask for a refill right away after finishing the first cup! And we usually serve warm sahlab drink with these yummy Aniseed Biscuits. Trust me, it’s a match made in heaven!
What is your favourite winter drink?
Sahlab (Middle Eastern Milk Pudding)
- 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.