Al Zanjabel Ma Al Haleeb

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

3 Responses to Al Zanjabel Ma Al Haleeb

  • Salaam,
    You posted this right at the perfect time. My husband is sick and I’m newly pregnant. I’m just wondering if the 1cm pieces are 1cm squares or 1cm slices? I made it a few times with 1cm squares and it seems like it could use a little more ginger.
    Thanks so much!

  • I usually just cut a few inch pieces if were really sick and throw them in there. You want it very ginger but some people have various taste so if I was you I would make them larger :) May Allah grant you both shiffa Ameen

  • Jazakum Allah khair sister,
    I’m so glad you posted this, we really love this drink and will be using it just as frequently as our brothers and sisters in the gulf inshallah :)

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