Cinnamon and ginger spiced salep

March 17th, 2011 Comments Off on Cinnamon and ginger spiced salep

One of the traditional Turkish hot drink offered generally during winter. Salep is produced from the dried tubers of a kind of orchid native to Turkey. It is beleived to be an aphrodisiac beverage and a remedy for colds, especially coughs. Salep includes starch and mucilage in it, for that reason it gives chewy consistency.

Besides a hot drink, it is used to make Kahramanmaraş type ice cream to give chewy elasticity or it can be used in other desserts, such as a pudding to give consistency.

Nowadays instant salep mixes are at the market with artificial flavorings and substitutes the salep flour.

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 t salep flour
  • 1 t sugar (optional)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
Place milk in an open pan. Add salep, cinnamon stick and sugar. I prefer without sugar as I don’t like to drink beverages with sugar. Stir constantly otherwise it gets lumpy.
When it thickens, remove the cinnamon stick and pour it to the cup.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and ginger. Serve hot immediately.

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