I used to love sahlab from a mix when I was in Israel. Unfortunately, I didn’t know how to make it until recently. If you are going to be in Istanbul this summer, you will probably get the real stuff. Oh, how I envy you.
A cup of sahleb

  • Half a liter of milk.
  • 3 tbs. of corn starch.
  • 2 tbs. sugar.
  • 1 tbs. orange flower or rose water.

Pour milk in saucepan, leaving about a third of a cup out. Use the remaining milk to emulsify the corn starch. Boil the milk in the saucepan with the lid on. When the milk comes to a boil, add the emulsified corn starch, sugar and flower water. Continue stirring on a medium flame until the milk thickens.

Pour in to cups and garnish with crushed nuts and cinamon.

Orange flower water bottleThe flavor that I am familiar with comes from “mey zahar”, orange flower water, I was surprised to find this stuff in QFC in the cocktail mixer section.


2 thoughts on “Sahlab

  1. joanie says:

    Oh, I definitely have to try this! Another lifetime (and then some ago) when I was married, my inlaws always had Sahlab for me. Love it!

    I still don’t pronounce it right, but that won’t matter if I can make it. 🙂

  2. Anmar Oueja says:

    Yum yum, Sahlab is nice especially on a cold winter night. In Syria, we use rose water instead of the orange water. At least that is why my old man told me ;-).

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