Saffron Sahlab Recipe

A subtly fragrant winter dessert!

We love the almost custardy Sahlab drink in the Middle East, it’s so comforting and a great dessert in the winter time. We thought we would get creative with the delicious Sahlab drink by infusing it with our spices like Cardamom and Saffron. These anti-oxidant rich spices provide a distinct flavor as well as anti-depressant and healing qualities. The taste is wonderfully warming and the saffron-milky color is gorgeous!

It’s also good to note that Saffron isn’t just the world’s most expensive spice, it has many healing health benefits as well. It is also a historically famous spice used to increase virility and vitality. And Cardamom is a beautifully fragrant spice famous for aiding digestion and healing colds and respiratory problems.


  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1-2 tablespoon cornstarch (depending on how thick you like it)
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea of Herbs Cardamom
  • 1 tsp. Sea of Herbs Saffron
  • A couple of Tablespoons of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon of Rose water
  • Sugar to taste (Note: We don’t like this dessert too sweet, we would add 1-2 tablespoons, but you’re welcome to make it as sweet as you like).


In a small cup soak the Saffron in a few tablespoons of hot water and set aside 10-15 mins.

In cooking pot (before adding heat), mix your milk, cornstarch, sugar and cardamom well. If you mix under heat you risk the cornstarch from thickening the milk before all the ingredients are well incorporated. Next, place the cooking pot under medium to high heat and allow the milk to reach a boil, all the while stirring. And right before it comes to a full boil, add your saffron water mix, and rose water. Stir until it thickens slightly and then pour into serving cups.

We hope you’ll try this recipe and let us know what you think, Sahtein!

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