Sahlep-Turkish Drink.What is this?
Sahlep is undoubtedly one of the favorite drinks of the Turks in winter.
The drink, of course, is very interesting, it tastes like sweet boiled milk with the addition of gelatin and cinnamon.
Basically, This Drink is a warming milk drink with a magical floral aroma …
The classic Turkish Sahlep drink is similar to our traditional milk jelly. Prepared with rice flour or starch with the addition of spices. Sahlep is always drunk hot. Old drink recipes include wild orchid tubers and rose water…. Someone makes sahlep with rice flour (or even regular starch) and a drop of pink flavor. Salep must be thick and delicate, with a characteristic oriental intonation.
There are so many legends about the miraculous healing properties of Sahlep, they say, it helps against coughing and constipation, and also removes worms, strengthens the heart muscle, helps to warm up, regulates the menstrual cycle, and generally an aphrodisiac for the brain.
A bit of History
Sahlep was traditionally cooked on the territory of the Ottoman Empire. Eastern food came to European countries after the Crusades.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, this drink became widespread in Europe. The drink has become available to representatives of any class.
As aromatic additives, the composition included:
- pink water;
- orange flowers.
Outside the Ottoman Empire, salep was made from varieties of orchids native to European countries. Local wild orchids have the same beneficial properties as their oriental “cousins”. So the drink is practically no different from the Turkish one.
Today, Export of the drink outside of Turkey is prohibited. You can try traditional food only on the territory of the country. However, even here there are fakes. The easiest way to find a real product is in Istanbul.
Here the drink is poured into brass glasses, is served in all cafes and restaurants. In winter, you can find sellers on the street.
The drink can also be purchased in Turkish supermarkets. It is enough just to warm up such salep before use. However, the store product contains preservatives that increase the shelf life, so it cannot be called authentic.
The Real Benefits of Sahlep
The drink helps in the treatment of:
- diseases of the oral cavity;
- pathologies of the cardiovascular system.
Regular use of Salep helps to normalize the digestive tract. And the warming power of the drink makes it indispensable in the cold winter period.
Since antiquity, the root of the wild orchid has been known as an aphrodisiac. For a long time, a drink based on it was considered an effective tool for increasing libido.
The drink promotes rapid recovery from illness. Orchid powder contains all the substances necessary for the human body and has a high nutritional value.
Not harmful when consumed in moderation. A contraindication may be an individual intolerance to the constituent substances or a tendency to food allergies.
What to Know ?
A traditional oriental drink can be easily made at your own kitchen.
Our housewives can use rice flour sold in supermarkets for cooking. Of course, the drink will have less useful properties. But, flavored with ginger, it will be a good cold remedy and a delicious drink to keep you warm on cold winter days.
Sahlep Home Made Recipe
- 3 tbsp potato or corn starch;
- 3 tbsp rice flour;
- 3 tbsp. milk;
- sugar to taste;
- cinnamon powder;
- Mix all dry ingredients.
- Pour the mixture into a saucepan, add milk. Stir thoroughly until a homogeneous mass without lumps is obtained.
- Add sugar, vanillin.
- Cook over low heat until thickened.
- Distribute the finished drink into cups, sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Serve hot.
- Instead of cinnamon powder, finely ground nuts, grated chocolate, or other flavors can work.
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