Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

The website which I got this from says this is a popular winter beverage in Egypt. Usually it's made from the starchy bulbs of a plant called orchis mascula. For those who don't get original sahlep powder, this is a recipe with cornstarch as a substitute. Feel free to use the original thing, though :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix cornstarch with two tablespoons of the milk until smooth.
  2. Bring remaining milk to a boil, stir in the dissolved starch, whisking with a whisk so that the liquid gets smooth.
  3. Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until milk thickens.
  4. Stir in sugar.
  5. Add rose water or orange blossom water.
  6. Serve hot in cups or mugs, garnish with chopped pistacchios and cinnamon.
  7. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

Mia, this was delicious and a cinch to prepare! I brought the milk *almost* to the boil then added arrowroot powder in place of cornstarch and the rosewater option. Delightful beverage and the perfect ending to our dinner; the start of our weekend! Made for the FYC tag game. Some day I'll find sahlab when and where I least expect it! ;)

COOKGIRl May 30, 2015

I made this lovely beverage for this mornings breakfast and it was delicious. I made it just by the recipe and loved the pistachios beyond reason. What a great find, very tasty, simple and a lovely way to start the day. Made for Beverage Anyone? tag game.

Annacia April 06, 2015

This is a delicious hot beverage with exotic touch. I confess diluted the milk with water (1+1) and added little more cornstarch as I wanted it lighter. After the ingredients were dissolved and the beverage had thickened I wished until I got little fooam. For the pistachios: I peeled the pistacios and to remove the thin skin I rolled them with my hand on a working surface, most of the skin peeled off! This makes the chopped pischios nicer, greener and more enjoyable. I used rose water for personal preference. Thanks a lot for this delish!

awalde March 21, 2015