Sahlep (Comforting Drink With Cinnamon & Pistachio Nuts)

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"Sahlep is a deliciously comforting hot milky drink, very popular in Turkey during the winter months. The genuine sahlep flour is made from the tubers of the orchid genius Orchis, found in the province of Kahramanmaraş in the south of Turkey, as well as in the Black Sea provinces especially in Kastamonu. Here in this recipe sahlep is not used because it is hard to find, rather glutinous rice flour is used in its place. The pure sahlep powder is very expensive and as this very precious wild orchid is in decline, the exportation of the genuine sahlep has been banned. The sahlep powder also has a lot of health benefits such as curing digestive problems and gum disease as well as increasing resistance against coughs and colds."

Original recipe yields 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (266.1 g)
  • Calories 214
  • Total Fat - 8.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 27 mg
  • Sodium - 258.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 27 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.6 g
  • Sugars - 20.4 g
  • Protein - 9 g
  • Calcium - 299.2 mg
  • Iron - 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

In a small saucepan, combine rice flour and milk, whisking well. Set saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly. When mixture has thickened, about 2 minutes longer, add sugar and rosewater and stir. Divide salep between two mugs and garnish with cinnamon and chopped pistachios.

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