Sahlab - Healthy Orange Blossom Cinnamon Drink
Sahlab is a healthy and delicious beverage flavored with orange blossom and cinnamon. It is SO creamy. Hot or cold, it is so soothing and refreshing!! This is an adapted version of the popular middle eastern beverage.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 (six ounce portion)
- 3 cups milk reduced fat
- 2 tablespoons pearl barley
- 2 tablespoons walnuts chopped (optional)
- 2 tablespoons dates chopped
- 1 tablespoon honey , adjust per taste
- 1 ½ tablespoons orange blossom water *
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon ground
- 1 tablespoon pistachios /walnuts/shredded dry coconut and dried apricots/dried cherries (chopped finely)
Put the milk, barley, walnuts, dates and honey in a Vitamix blender. Then grind it until very smooth.
Alternatively you may grind the mixture in any other high speed blender to as smooth as possible.
Strain the mixture through a sieve and pour it into a saucepan.
Bring the mixture to a slow boil at medium heat, making sure to stir as needed. Do not allow it to stick in the bottom of the saucepan.
Once the mixture is well cooked and thick like heavy cream consistency take it away from the heat source.
Stir in the orange blossom water. Adjust the sweetness and flavoring to your taste.
Pour it into serving cups. Sprinkle the ground cinnamon and the toppings as per your preference.
Serve this healthy Sahlab drink steaming hot.
Orange blossom water, rose water, dry coconut flakes and cardamom are available at Indian/Middle eastern grocery stores, online and other general stores that carry ethnic products.
Servings: 4 Serving Size: 6 ounce portion
Calories 148, Total Fat 4 g (Saturated Fat 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 1 g), Cholesterol 15 mg, Sodium* 87 mg, Potassium 315 mg, Phosphorus 184 mg, Total Carbohydrate 22 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 16 g, Protein 7 g