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A glass cup of sahlab on a wooden countertop garnished with cinnamon and pistachios.
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4.8 from 5 votes


Sahlab is a warm thick pudding like drink very famous in the Middle East especially during winter time. Sahlab has a very distinct flavor and texture with easy to find ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle East
Diet: Halal
Servings: 64 Tablespoons
Calories: 37kcal
Author: Amira


  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds

For flavor use any or all:

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1 teaspoon mastic gum
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tablespoons whipping cream powder

Garnish with:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Cinnamon
  • Raisins
  • Nuts of choice


  • In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix very well.
  • Place the mixture in an air-tight jar and label.

To make one cup of Sahlab

  • In a sauce pan dissolve 2-3 Tablespoons of the sahib mixture with 1 cup of milk. Taste to check if you need more sugar.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat until it thickens.
  • Pour in cups, garnish with nuts and cinnamon if desired.


  • Some people like using large sweetened coconut flakes instead so it is your choice.
  • Make sure to taste the Sahlab while it is on stove top before it thickens so you can adjust the sugar if you want to add more.
  • I like using mastic gum, vanilla  and cinnamon powder as this is what I was brought up to. Although not recommended you can skip the mastic gum but if you do so make sure to add other flavors like vanilla or cinnamon.
  • You can instead flavor the drink while making it on stove top with vanilla extract, orange blossom water or rose water.
  • For a low sugar version: skip adding the powdered sugar and use your preferred sweetener when making the drink itself.
  • For a vegan version use vegan milk powder ( like soy, rice, coconut..etc) and use almond milk , macadamia milk or oat milk.
  • Sahlab powder can be stored in a cool dry place for as long as your ingredients are good.


Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg