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!


5 from 1 vote

Sahlab - Egyptian Creamy Hot Drink

Course Drinks
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Rafeeda


  • 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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  1. This looks and sounds so tempting!!

    1. Thank you so much Priya….

  2. Sounds interesting.!! …similar to home made custard minus vanilla essence. ☺

    1. Yeah, true dear… Thank you so much Nusrath… πŸ™‚

  3. Just like our koova kachiyath:) interesting Raf….

    1. Maybe appearance! πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Shaami…

  4. Looks really inviting with those loads of nut on top. Here its very hard to find unsalted pistachios and if at all u find it costs a fortune.

    1. There is cinnamon also sprinkled on top dear… Thank you so much dear…

  5. Such a elegant drink..Love all your rich milk recipes raf

    1. Thank you so much Sathya…

  6. This is so delicious and very interesting recipe….. I love this milk based pudding recipes…. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  7. looks so yummy with the nuts on top …I'll love to have it in the rainy days…..

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  8. Interesting and Yummy drink!

    1. Thanks a lot Magee…

  9. I was just going through the recipe for Sahlab a couple of days ago and had bookmarked it to make πŸ™‚ Looks very delicious Rafee.

    1. Thank you so much Priya… πŸ™‚

  10. Hearing this for the first time.. Sounds interesting and delicious too..

    1. That is how we learn Sona… Thanks a lot dear…

  11. good to learn of a new drink….sounds so yumm and easy to make…

    1. Thank you so much Anupa…

  12. Simple yet a delicious drink. Its totally new to me. But sounds delicious.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  13. Rich n tasty drink.nice to knw a new rΓ©cipe

    1. Thank you so much Usha…

  14. 5 stars
    My mom actually makes this she is an Egyptian and she used to make it everyday but now I don’t have it as often because I live with my loving husband and 4 kids.

  15. Christina says:

    how to make this without the cornflour settling all chalky on the bottom?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hello, always cook on low flame and stir constantly. If you allow it to rest, the corn flour tends to settle on the bottom. Cook till the mixture looks glossy. Hope to have responded your query…

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