Sahlab (salep, saloop, salop) سحلب

Sahlab (salep, saloop, salop) سحلب


Sahlab is a popular winter drink in Egypt in cafes, as well as in homes.

The beverage is a thick creamy white hot drink.

The main ingredient is the Salep, which is a white flour like powder obtained from the dried tubers of a wild orchid, Orchis mascula.

The flour is used in other Turkish cooking, such as the thick dondurma icecream.

The main ingredient in the flour is mucilage, which gives sahlab its thick characteristic.

In Egypt, salep powder is kept and used for years. However, in Turkey, it is seasonal, and consumption of last year's crop after the new year's crop is out is frowned upon, much like the kastana (Marron glace).


  • Salep orchid at
  • 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica article on salep.
  • King's American dispensary on salep.
  • An Australian woman writes about salep, contains a recipe.
  • article on salep dondurma ice cream.



Preparation Time

0.5 hours


  • 4 teaspoons Sahlab (salep) powder
  • 2 glasses milk
  • Sugar to taste

Cooking Instructions

  • Add the salep and sugar to some cold milk and mix well.
  • Bring the rest of the milk to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, then add the salep/milk mixture.
  • Wait until the mixture thickens.
  • You can garnish by adding shredded coconuts, crushed nuts, or a pinch of cinnamon.
  • Serve hot.


I'm looking salep or Sahlap powder
for Making ice cream.
Please help me in Switzerland
wath is the Powder English Name ?
Where can prepare and
Just to make Ice.

Would be named Salep

Would still be named Salep.

Check the Salep on Wikipedia page


Are the Sahlab mixes available now in Egypt original or artificial. I have a feeling that they just sell a mixture of corn starch, vanilla and some artificial aroma without the real benefits of the real sahlab.. are you sure they still plant it in Egypt and sell the real thing? My husband bought some ready mixture from a guy who sells herbs here in Alexandria where you only need to add milk and I read that in Turkey those ready mixes have no real sahlab in them because sahlab would be more expensive.
Also, is it originally a traditional Egyptian or Turkish drink? I think from the name Salep says that it comes from an Arabic origin but I am not sure if it came to Egypt during the Turkish invasion or not...

substitute for the Sahlab powder

is there anything i could substitute the sahlab powder for?

yes you can use corn starch

yes you can use corn starch in the the drink it will be 2tbl spoons to 16 oz milk it will not give the exact taste but it is 70% close top the drink with few drops orange blossom some coconut cinnamon you will not be able to taste the difference

is it good for tummy pains

its so good and healthy but does it relax the tummy or for pains cramps?

yes it is

yes it is


I don't know of any soothing effect on the tummy. For that, use peppermint or anise.

i wonder if the sahlab powder

i wonder if the sahlab powder has any flavor. does it taste similar to all-purpose flour? i'm so curious as to how sahlab tastes!


I use corn starch it works very good and I add a couple to table spoons of rose water to mix it gives it the aroma and the taste.

its aroma more than taste

its aroma more than taste tastes like tastes like flowery... it's a fantastic drink..I had it in Egypt..and I also make it at home also... :)

not too much flavour.

not too much flavour. consistency of corn flour / starch. with rose water added - that becomes the main flavour. very nice drink though......highly recommend it.....

- Thanks for the info

- Thanks for the info

Very helpful artical! Thanks

Very helpful artical! Thanks again.