Sahlab is my favorite Egyptian street drink. It’s the number 1 drink in every local coffee shop in the streets of Cairo and Alexandria. A thick creamy white drink, normally made of a white flour called Salep, which is obtained from the dried tubers of white orchid. Egyptians love it in the winter as it provides loveable warmness to the body. Here I share my personal Sahlab recipe, that uses only healthy ingredients!


Israa Fahmy






10 minutes

Recipe Details

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • ¼ tea spoon psyllium husk

  • 2 table spoons whipped cream

  • 1 tea spoon grated coconut

  • 2 table spoons crushed pistachios

  • 1 pinch stevia

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon (for dusting)

  • In a small milk pan (or a Turkish coffe pot), heat up the coconut milk on low heat.

  • Add the psyllium husks and stir until the texture becomes slightly heavier.

  • Add the whipped cream, grated coconut, crushed pistachios and stevia sweetener, and keep stirring.

  • When you reach the thickness level you like, pour the drink in your favorite mug.

  • Dust a little bit of ground cinnamon on top. You can also sprinkle some crushed pistachios and coconut.

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