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You know hot chocolate, right? Well, think of this as hot vanilla. A tasty middle eastern drink to warm up your winter evenings! This hearty drink consists mainly of milk(instead of water), cornstarch, and that few drops of vanilla extract make the taste extremely irresistible. Check out this amazing recipe of sahlab that will melt your heart away!

Bon appétit…    


Main ingredients:
For toppings:


Calories (kcal)
Saturated Fat (g)
7.4 g
Total Fat (g)
11.9 g
Cholesterol (mg)
45.6 mg
Sodium (mg)
161.5 mg
Dietary Fiber (g)
0.2 g
Sugars (g)
0.2 g
Protein (g)
10.7 g
Total Carbohydrate (g)
34.8 g

Step by Step method


1. Combine cornstarch and water in a small cup and stir well.

2. Add milk to a soup pan or dutch oven pot.

3. Stir in cornstarch mixture in milk before it gets warm.

4. Add in vanilla and sugar.

5. Must stir constantly until it comes to a boil.

6. Let boil for 2 minutes, meanwhile still stirring.

7. Serve in dessert cups.

8. Top with cinnamon and coconut or just chopped pistachios and serve it hot.


Tips & variations

  • Although most people are trying to cut calories, some need to add calories to help with weight gain. A 1-tablespoon of cornstarch has 30 calories. As a nearly flavorless powder that mixes well with many different foods.

  • All the calories in the cornstarch come from its carbohydrate content. A 1-tablespoon serving contains 8 grams of carbs. That's because carbs are your body's preferred source of energy.

  • While carbs from foods such as cornstarch help give you the energy to get up and go, those carbs are also used to fuel your basic body functions, including your heartbeat, breathing and brain activity.

  • Cornstarch also has medicinal benefits and has been used to help manage low blood sugar in people with diabetes and glycogen storage disease, which is an inherited metabolic disorder.

  • Uncooked cornstarch digests slowly and supplies a slow, steady stream of glucose, which may help to prevent low blood sugar, especially at night during sleep.

  • While cornstarch offers this medical benefit, you should not add cornstarch to your diet for helping with blood sugar control unless directed to do so by your doctor or dietitian.