Sobia is a starchy, milky sweet coconut drink, that is really a thirst quenching drink.
Hello again from the beautiful, weather crazy Colorado. We are back and kids went to school so our life is going back to normal, thanks God.
Today's drink is one of the top popular beverages in Egypt during the holy month of Ramadan. It is commonly sold by street vendors packed in plastic bottles.
This drink is a real thirst quencher, a refreshingly cold sweet drink after a long hot day of fasting in Ramadan. Everyone loves this drink specially kids.
How to make Sobia
- Grind and Soak Rice
The drink is prepared by soaking powdered rice over night.
- Mix all ingredients
Then mix it with coconut milk and sugar and all other ingredients. Strain well using a cheese cloth or coffee filter. Chill and serve cold.
During making my homework for this post I found that it is very close to the Mexican Horchata. Horchata is a cinnamon and vanilla flavored rice drink but Sobia is coconut flavored rice drink. Also there is another drink called Sobia very popular in Saudi Arabia but totally different you can check it out here at Noor's blog.
Egyptian Sobia Drink
- 2 Tablespoons dry uncooked rice.
- 1 Cup water.
- ¼ Cup sugar- more or less depending on your liking.
- ¼ Cup powdered milk.
- 2 Cups coconut milk.
- ½ teaspoon vanilla powder.
- Start by grinding the rice to fine powder.
- In a bowl combine water and rice powder, let it set for at least 6 hours in the fridge.
- In you blender, add the rice water and the rest of the ingredients together.
- Blend very well - might take you 3-4minutes until well combined.
- Strain with cheese cloth, coffee filter or tea strainer.
- Chill and serve.
I’ve been looking everywhere for a recipe like this and this is the only decent one I’ve found!!! Just like authentic Egyptian Sobia, I LOVE IT thank you so much for sharing!!
I forgot to add— I like ours a little creamy and a tad less coconuty so I just do 1 cup coconut milk and 1 cup regular whole fat milk 🙂 turns out amazing! Feel like I’m back home in Masr 🙂
Thank you so much Shahd for your feedback, I am happy that you liked it.
Can I replace the rice with rice flour & use it right away without soaking? Also, powdered vanilla is not available here. Can I use vanilla extract? I realize it will affect the color, but how much should I use?
Samaa, thank you for your interest in this recipe. Yes, sure you can use rice flour. Old school is soaking it, but I've seen a big chef putting it directly without soaking. If you have in your area an International market OR a farmer's market like sprouts, you'll find vanilla in the spice bulk section. It is a common practice to use double the amount of vanilla extract, for example 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder=1 teaspoon extract. I recommend start little and go up as you test the recipe though as it depends on the quality of the extract you are using. I hope this answers your questions. If you need any more assistance please do not hesitate.
Salaam. Thanks for the recipe!
I was in Cairo a few years ago during Ramadan and loved Sobia. Ever since then I've been looking for the right recipe but all my attempts at recreating the drink have disappointed.
Your recipe was a surprise and turned out very close to what I had in Cairo! However I do remember it being thicker and creamier. Is there a way to make this thicker? Perhaps if I add ice and blend?
Thanks again for this recipe.
Thank you for your sweet comment and I am glad that the recipe turned out close to what you've had back in Egypt.
For thickening your sobia, my guess is you add more rice to it, so why don't you try using like 3Tbs of ground rice and see if it turns out the way you wanted?
Please let me know if you need any further assistance.
Elsalamu alaikom ,can I use coconut cream instead of coconut milk and what is the quantity
Thanks for the wonderful recipe 🙂
Can you tell me please where to find coconut milk and cheese cloth in Cairo?
Assalam Alaykom Nuhah, I think I've seen it in Rajab sons ( أولاد رجب) and I guess I've also see it in powder form. For the cheese cloth, you can use any white cotton cloth or you can use ( شاش ). I hope this answers your questions dear 🙂