When the weather changes and you feel the need for a warm and soothing beverage, sahlab is the answer! It is named after the salep, a powder extracted from orchids and harvested mainly in Turkey. I have not been able to find it in middle-eastern stores or even online and I even read somewhere that the Turkish government is banning it from export because it is getting very rare. I will find out soon when in Istanbul. So the alternative is to prepare it with a mix, which is available at all the middle-eastern stores under different brands. Super easy, just follow the package directions. Serve with a dusting of cinnamon and some nuts.
NOTE: Sahlab or salep is also used as a thickener for ice-cream, making kind of chewy.
In following package directions, you can decrease the amount of milk to make it more like a pudding than a thick drink. As a beverage, sahlab is similar to a milk shake in consistency.
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