Tuesday, May 24, 2016


     Sahlep (or salep) is a creamy, soothing hot drink from Turkey that has a delightful flavor reminiscent of vanilla. The main ingredient (also called sahlep) consists of powdered, dried orchid tubers. Instant sahlep is easily found online; unfortunately it contains both powdered milk and corn starch.  If you are allergic to either milk or corn you need to make your cuppa from pure sahlep. The drink is easy to make and does not need to contain any common allergens. Unfortunately, pure sahlep can be difficult to find, as the Turks now have a ban on exporting it. If you do manage to get your hands on some, you need to check out this drink.

     1 cup of whatever milk or "milk" you are not allergic to (See Milk in the Glossary)
     1/2 tsp. sahlep
     sugar (See Sugar in the Glossary)
     cinnamon (See Spices in the Glossary)

     Combine the milk and sahlep in a small saucepan. Heat on medium while stirring constantly. I recommend a whisk for this. When it boils, the mixture will thicken slightly. Turn the heat down to a simmer and continue cooking for 10-15 more minutes, stirring frequently. Add sugar (2 Tb. or to taste). Pour into a cup and garnish with cinnamon.

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