I first had this warm drink right after I had arrived in Saudi. I had gotten a cold and my mother in law made me a flask. Zanjabel is what all Gulf Arabs use to cure a common cold or flu. Zanjabel means ginger in Arabic and as we all know all over the world ginger is a great cure for many things. In Saudi this recipe is made using only water however in countries such as Bahrain and Oman they use milk which I prefer. You can use sugar or honey to sweeten the drink if you would like. Honey is much better as it has many natural cures as well. Both ginger and honey have great medical uses in Islam.
5 (1 cm) root pieces, cleaned
3 cups milk
1/2 cup water
Sugar or honey to sweeten
1. In a small saucepan on high heat add water and ginger. Allow to come to a full boil then reduce heat to medium and cook until a light yellow color is obtained. Strain the ginger from the water reserving just the water.
2. In another small saucepan on low heat add milk, cook until thoroughly hot. Add ginger water into milk, stir.
Yields: 3-4 cups