Sahlab سحلب

Sahlab is a warming winter drink topped with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon. Libyan sahlab is greenish-grey in colour and and has the distinctive nutty flavour of qsab flour (pearl millet/دخن).
In other Arab countries and the region Sahlab is thickened with powdered orchid tubers or (less traditionally) cornstarch. Like Mahalabia (milk pudding) the drink is flavoured with nuts and flower water.

Serves 3

4 tablespoons pearl millet flour
1 mug cold water
2 mugs boiling water
3 tablespoons sugar

 Mix the pearl millet flour with a mug of water and start stirring it on low heat in a saucepan.

Pour the boiling water over the mix, stirring vigorously, so that lumps do not form.  Stir in the sugar.  Cook over low heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens (5-10 minutes). 

Pour out in a mug and sprinkle with cinnamon. Drink hot!