Egyptian Sahlab or Sahlep

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 :)

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