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.
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!