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Sahlab served hot with “kaak orchali”

Sahlab is a popular drink in Lebanon and the countries that were part of the Ottoman empire. It is prepared from the tubers of a rare orchid flower by drying the tubers then grounding them into a fine powder. Sahlab powder is rich with aromas and gives the drink a smooth and fluffy texture. Today, when real sahlab powder is not available, it is substituted with corn or potato starch. A sahlab mixture is also available in supermarkets, and is easy to prepare.

Total Servings: 4

Preparation Time: 15 mns


4 cups of milk

3 tsp. of sugar

1 tsp. of sahlab

1 tsp. of orange blossom water (mazaher)

Cinnamon to decorate

Preparation steps:

  1. In a saucepan, mix the sugar with 3 cups of milk and bring to a simmer while stirring
  2. Dissolve the sahlab in the remaining cup of milk, then add to the milk and sugar
  3. Keep on stirring until the solution thickens and becomes sticky
  4. Stir in the mazaher and mix
  5. Transfer the sahlab to cups
  6. Sprinkle the cinnamon powder on the sahlab and serve while hot with kaak orchali or cookies

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