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Arabic Sahlab Drink

An Arabic starchy winter drink
Author: Amira


  • 1 c dry powder milk.
  • 1 c powder sugar.
  • 1 c unsweetened coconut flakes.
  • 1 c rice - preferred short grain.
  • 4 Tbs corn starch .
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder.
  • 1 Tbs mastic.


  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder.
  • 1/2 c toasted sesame seeds.

When serving

  • Your favorite nuts more cinnamon and raisins.


  • Grind the rice until fine powder, grind the mastic as well.
  • Add all the ingredients together - except for the ones for serving- and mix well.
  • Store in an air tight container until you are ready to use.

To use

  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, add 2 cups of milk to 6 Tbs of the powder you've made, and mix well.
  • Keep stirring until the mixture gets thick and bubbly.
  • Pour into serving cups, garnish top with nuts, cinnamon and raisins.
  • Enjoy!!!


If you want your sahlab a little sweeter you can add more sugar to it while it is cooking on the stove top.
If you are used to a super thick sahlab then add more of the powder you've made until you reach your preferable thickness.