Salep is a delicious and warm Turkish beverage made from the powdered roots of certain species of wild orchid. Salep is considered healthy and is used as an aid to fight coughs and flu in Turkey.
High quality salep was easily available in the past. But these days, scarcity of the wild orchid required to produce salep has caused many manufacturers to adulterate packaged salep with ingredients from other plants. If you cannot find good quality salep for sale, you might consider getting salep powder. The best quality salep powder is manufactured in Turkey.
Here’s how you prepare this delicious creamy winter beverage –
You need:1. 4 cups of cold milk2. 1 cup of sugar3. 1 tablespoon of powdered salep4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
In a blender, blend the sugar, cinnamon and milk smoothly. Ensure that no lumps are formed. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. At this point, reduce the temperature and simmer until the liquid thickens.
The best salep is thick, but still has a very liquid consistency. Salep is served in cups with cinnamon sprinkled on top.
Not only is salep tasty, but it has also been known to possess healing powers. Salep soothes and clears the throat and aids in curing coughs.