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Sahlab is a famous hot thick creamy drink in the Lebanese cuisine which prepared for breakfast or desert with the aroma of rose water and orange blossom flower. It was introduced by the Ottomans who ruled the region for four centuries then it passed to Turkey and the Middle East, and then went on to England and Germany.

Actually this dish is prepared from sahlab powder which is of the tubers of orchis but it can be substituted with corn flour. The result is the same amazing taste and flavor.

This delightful dish takes me back when I was young, watching my mom from time to time preparing it to us in less than 10 mins and it was one of my favourites and still until today.

Prep. time: 12 mins

Serves: 4


4 cups of milk

4 heaped tsp corn starch

1/2 cup sugar

2 tbsp rose water

1 tbsp orange blossom water

PREPARATION: in a medium cooking pot pour the milk, add the sugar and the cornstarch. Mix using a whisk over medium heat and bring to a boil. Keep stirring until it thickens then add the rose water, the orange blossom water then stir to mix. Pour into bowl or cups, sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve it hot with kaak " like English stone bread"

Making sahlab is as easy as preparing a sandwich. Once you taste a hot bowl of delightful sahlab, you would like to have it again.


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