(also known as Sahlep)
1 tbsp Salep, dried powdered roots of a mountain orchid (see below for more info)
1 teacup of milk, cold
Pinch of nutmeg
Place Salep in a small saucepan. Slowly add the cold milk and nutmeg, stirring constantly over low heat. When it reaches a smooth consistency, remove from the stove.
Pour into a teacup and sprinkle some cinnamon on top. Serve while still hot.
What is Salep?
Turkey is the major Salep producing country. Salep is made from the dried powdered roots of a mountain salep orchid in the Eastern Mediterranean woods. Salep is a traditional Turkish hot drink which was also served during the reign of the Ottoman empire. The roots are rich in starch and the mixture thickens naturally. You can still taste salep, in summer time; famous Turkish Maraş ice cream is also made from salep!... it has a great aroma and smells delicious:)
We love to drink Salep on cold days. It also has medicinal traits, such as for sore throats. It has been used for a long time to treat chronic diarrhea, digesting problems and gum disease.
You can purchase Salep from local Turkish Grocery Stores or the following website: Tulumba.com.