Iced Strawberry Sahlab

Today’s temperature was so hot, I just felt the need of making a nice cold drink. A little bored by smoothies so I figured why not make iced sahlab and  Inspired by Clumbsy Cookie, then came the idea of flavoring it extra, with strawberries. The result was awesome, fresh flowery cold summer drink.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Sahlab powder or 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar,
  • 1 cup almond powder
  • 2 teaspoons orange-blossom water
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pistachios
  • 200gr Strawberies
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ice cubes


Mix the Sahlab powder or cornstarch with a few tablespoons of milk.  Bring the remaining milk to a boil.  Pour in the starch mixture, stir, so that lumps do not form.  Cook over very low heat, stirring continuously, until the milk thickens . Then stir in the sugar, almond powder and orange blossom water. Let it cool.

In a blender mix strawberries, ice cubes and cooled sahlab.

Serve with the chopped pistachios and cinnamon as garnish. 

  1. I’ve never had a sahlab, is it like a thickened flavored milk?

  2. Clumbsy is a real inspiration, isn’t she. 🙂 The sahlab is lovely.

    • kj
    • August 21st, 2008

    I’ve never heard of sahlab before. Wikipedia tells me that it comes from an orchid. It sounds fascinating!!

  3. Oh wow! And I didn’t even knew what a sahlab was! Glad to give you ideas! That version does sound and looks delicious!

  4. Very interesting! Like the others I hadn’t heard of sahlab.

    And I love your perspective and softness in the photo.

    • Zita
    • August 22nd, 2008

    @ Kat : Sahlab has a very soft silky taste, when you sub with corn flour, you still have this starchy after taste and it’s not quite the same ;), but the real sahlab you have this slightly nutty with grassy and orchid aroma, it’s very nice… but I think outside the region it’s kindda expensive, I bought the sahlab powder here(enough for 4 cups) for 5$, but I saw it one time in a deli shop in London, the same amount for almost 12 pound? 😉

    @ Dragon : you are one of my inspirations too 😉 just wait and see 🙂

    @ Kj: If you could find it in your country, you definitely have to try it 🙂

    @ Clumbsy cookie: Thank you 🙂

    @ Lori Lynn : Glad you like my pics 🙂

  5. Up until today I had never heard of sahlab before. But after reading your recipe I want to try it. Anything refreshing that has strawberries is a go for me 🙂

  6. Zita, this sounds just too good. never heard of it & will probably never get to it. Will hang around here & drool!! It’s refreshingly delicious!

  7. Zita, this looks lovely! I’m sure it was delightful in the scorching heat.

  8. yum.. You didn’t get brain freeze did you?

  9. Hey, this is perfect for ramadan! specially when you live in the hotness that is the middle east! by hotness i mean like warm climate n stuff ;).

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