Sahlab - Egyptian Creamy Hot Drink

Sometimes, some food sounds so tempting that you have to make it then and there. During my casual browsing, I found the name "Sahlab" and I was totally intrigued about how beautiful the drink looked. That made me go on to Google - my ever trusted companion! Hehe... - and searching up and down for more reference and the recipe.

Sahlab is an Egyptian thick creamy white drink, which is normally made of a white flour like powder called Salep, obtained from the dried tubers of a white orchid. This ingredient is also used widely in Turkish cuisine. Since this ingredient is now rarely available, sources show that corn flour does the task quite effectively. It felt like that I was having Muhallabieh but in a more liquid form! Definitely would say that it was a really refreshing drink. I made it quite thick as I liked to pull the drink in but if you wish a little more watery consistency, then do adjust on the cornflour used. Please do not forget the cinnamon and crushed pistachio garnish - it takes the first sip of the drink to the next level!

Sahlab ~ Egyptian Creamy Hot Drink
Serves 1


3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp rose water
Cinnamon powder and crushed pistachios for topping


Bring milk to heat in a saucepan. Combine the corn flour into the water to make a thick paste. As the milk starts getting warm, add in the corn flour slurry and combine well. Keep stirring occasionally till the mixture thickens. Add in the sugar and rose water and cook for another minute.

Empty into a mug, sprinkle cinnamon powder and crushed pistachios on top. Savor hot!

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