Sahlab- Special Desserts for Ramadan
During Ramadan, many special desserts are prepared. Sahlab is a creamy pudding type dessert that is quick and easy to make. Impress your friends at your next dinner or iftar party with this amazing dessert. They'll think you slaved away for hours preparing it.
What is Sahlab
Sahlab is a traditional dessert served during Ramadan especially in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine. It is a creamy pudding made from milk. It is deliciously sweet and easy to make. You'll definitely impress your friends by serving this yummy treat at your next dinner party. Not only is it delicious but it's super easy to make as well.
You only need a few ingredients to make this tasty dish. Sahlab powder can usually be found in any Middle Eastern market in your area, but if you can't find it, cornstarch works just as well. You can also substitute other flavors such as vanilla instead of the rose or orange blossom water. It really is up to you and what you like so feel free to play around with it and tweak it to suit your specific taste.
1 1/2 tablespoons Sahlab powder or 2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 cups milk
3 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
2 teaspoons rose or orange-blossom water (optional)
2 tablespoons finely chopped pistachios or almonds
1. First Mix the Sahlab powder or cornstarch with a few tablespoons of milk and set aside.
2. Bring the remaining milk to a boil. Pour in the starch mixture, stirring vigorously with a whisk, so that lumps do not form.
3.Cook over very low heat, stirring continuously, until the milk thickens (about 10 minutes). Then stir in the sugar and the rose water or orange blossom water, if you so desire.
4.Serve in cups with the chopped pistachios/almonds and cinnamon as garnish.
You may also sprinkle grated coconut/chocolate or a dash of nutmeg on top.
How to Serve
In Middle Eastern households, it is mainly served warm, but you could also chill it if you prefer. It's really up to you. It's a very simple recipe that you can easily adjust and play with to suit your taste. You can also serve it as a drink simply add more milk so that it doesn't become so thick and you can have a delicious warm, smooth, creamy drink on a cold winter's day. Enjoy!!
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