Sahlab or Salep, the official winter drink of the Middle East

by Middle Eats
Sahlab or Salep the official winter drink of the Middle East

Sahlab or Salep is on the menu in Book recipe, and we are going to teach you how to make this delicious recipe from scratch!

Today we are making Sahlab, a winter drink that has been consumed in the Middle East for over a millennia. It’s a thick drink made using a powder extracted from orchids.

This old-school Salep can still be found in Turkey and Greece, but now most Sahlab drinks are made with cornstarch. I’ll show you how to make the Egyptian variety of Sahlab which is a coconut flavored hot drink that is topped with nuts and sultanas.

  • Sahlab or Salep the official winter drink of the Middle East
  • Sahlab or Salep the official winter drink of the Middle East
  • Sahlab or Salep the official winter drink of the Middle East
  • Sahlab or Salep the official winter drink of the Middle East
  • Sahlab or Salep the official winter drink of the Middle East
  • Sahlab or Salep the official winter drink of the Middle East

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Sahlab or Salep the official winter drink of the Middle East
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Sahlab or Salep

Rating: 5.0/5
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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat

Ingredients

Sahlab powder Ingredients

  • 1 Cup coconut Milk Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Milk Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Rice flour
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Sesame (1 extra tbsp for topping)
  • 3 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Powder (Vanillin)
  • 1/2 Tsp Mastic

Hot sahlab Ingredients (Per US measuring cup 8fl oz 237ml)

  • 1 Cup Milk (whole preferred)
  • 1/4 Cup Sahlab powder
  • Nuts, sultanas, desiccated coconut, and cinnamon to top

Instructions

To make the Sahlab Powder

  1. Crush the mastic in a pestle and mortar into a fine powder
  2. Toast the sesame seeds over medium heat till golden and fragrant
  3. Sift together all of the ingredients apart from the Sesame seeds
  4. Add the sesame seeds and mix everything together very thoroughly
  5. Store in an airtight container for up to a year

To make the hot Sahlab

  1. Measure your mug of choice in US measuring cups, and multiply the ingredient amounts by the result
  2. Add the milk and Sahlab powder to a pot on medium heat
  3. Whisk together until the mixture thickens (about 5-10 minutes)
  4. Pour out the sahlab into your mug and top with any desired toppings
  5. Serve while warm but be careful this stuff can burn very easily

 

Notes

You can preheat the milk in the microwave but do not let it boil

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Chapters
0:00 Intro
1:05 What is Salep?
2:18 Making instant Sahlab powder
6:01 Making a cup of Sahlab from the powder
8:04 Taste test and Review

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