Sahlab (Middle Eastern Milk Pudding)

Recipe adapted from

Sahlab is a Middle Eastern milk pudding thickened with cornstarch or arrowroot powder. It is warm, rich, floral, and toasty. 

Middle Eastern Milk Pudding

Prep Time

0 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes


4 Servings


4 cups milk
1⁄4 cup cornstarch
6 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon rose water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  cinnamon, ground
  pistachios (chopped)
1 tablespoon coconut (shredded)
1 teaspoon almond extract


Combine milk, cornstarch, sugar, rose water, and vanilla extract in a saucepan and beat with a whisk over medium heat. Bring to boil and let the mixture boil for 2 minutes while stirring (or until thick and creamy).

Serve hot in mugs and top with a pinch of cinnamon, shredded coconut, and pistachios on each serving.