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Thursday, October 06, 2005


(Güllaç - Ottoman Kitchen)

1 pkg Gullac leaves, use 12 of them
200 g pistachios, crushed
7 1/2 cups milk (3.25%)
600 g sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Boil the milk with sugar and vanilla extract for a couple of minutes. In a round tray of the same size as Gullac leaves, pour in a half cup of the milk. Place one leaf in the tray and pour more milk on top until the leaf is completely soaked. Continue this process until you finish the 6th leaf.

Spread 150 g pistachios on top of the 6th leaf evenly. Place the 7th leaf on top and continue the same process above until you use all 12 leaves. Make sure all the Gullac leaves are soaked with milk and that there are no dry spots.

Wait half an hour and use the remaining pistachios to decorate the top. You can also add cherries as seen in the picture above. Leave it in the fridge until cold and serve in slices. Gullac is a popular dessert in Türkiye, especially during Ramadan.

*If you wish, you can use crushed walnuts for the filling instead of pistachios. However, because the walnuts leave their colour in milk, you'll have to finish Gullac within a day or two in this case.

You can find Gullac leaves at Turkish grocery stores. I had no trouble finding some in Toronto.

Güllaç, whose name comes from "güllü" (rosewater-flavored) and "aş" (soup), is a Ramadan miracle that is light for the stomach as well as easy and pleasant to consume.

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At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where or how to find Gullac leaves in the US?

Thank you.

Gulacti B...

At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rice Paper or Rice leaves serve to purpose. You can find them any Asian store (Chinese :) )


At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rice paper? rice leaves?
is that a rice flour?

At 11:22 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Yakamoz,
You can find rice paper at Asian markets. Also you can find it on the
shelves at regular grocery stores which are placed together with Asian
food like noddles, sauces...They are packed in see-through plastic
wrap. They are very thin.

At 7:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MERHABA Binnur i love your recipes ,however have no access to turkish food centers to to buy many of the ingrediants i have tried them in local supermarkerts but they dont have the same authentic flavour do you know anywhere where i could get the ingrediants i need? many thanks xxAyse

At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI Binnur , Do you have any recipes desert and savoury that are suitable for people that suffer with high colerstrol as i am always worring about what i may eat and not eat many thanks .....x Gulcan

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Ayse,
Thank you:) It is a big problem to get Turkish ingredients in North
America. In Toronto, we are lucky to have 3 (that I know of) Turkish
groceries. I suggest you order online at or Taste of
Turkey. My daughter lives in Seattle and she's been very happy with Tulumba. They have free shipping when you order $100 and under 40 pounds worth.

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Gulcan,
I can suggest you to cook dairy desserts using skim milk. Also all the fruit desserts should be good for you. For example, make Apricot
Dessert, just boil it without sugar for 15 minutes, or grill them both sides, sprinkle some crushed almond or walnut on top. Please also check the Compote section, now that I have posted a couple....they may be good for you too:) Don't miss Tahini & Grape molasses, add less grape molasses it will be more savoury...:)
I will also post some fruit desserts for you soon:)

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Pam said...

This year I'm determined to make my own gullaç. There used to be a pastane ın Feneryolu that had gullaç in banana, cherry and a few other flavors but they went out of business. Have never found any other place that did it - so I will attempt myself. Thanks, Binnur!

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow I ve followed your recipies for 4 years and I think Iam ready to prepare it now. Looks like baklava with rice paper, hopefully will try it one day, cheers

At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this rice paper safe to be eaten without frying it? I didn't know I don't have to fry spring rolls to eat rice paper:)
Im happy I've found this recipe!

Thank you Binnur for your site and your effort.

At 8:56 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Soak the rice paper in warm water for a few seconds to soften them up.
Then fill and roll up. That's it:)
Serve with your favorite dipping sauces:)

At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I've never tried original gullac leaves therefore I'm not sure if they are supposed to be salty in taste? The Asian paper I have from supermarket is very salty. Is it ok to use in gullac dessert?

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

If they are salty, you can't use them as gullac is a dessert and therefore it should be sweet:)

At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. Should I use hot milk for soaking the leaves? Thx

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Yes, it explains in the first paragraph:)
Boil the milk with the sugar and vanilla extract for a couple minutes....


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