Boza (a beverage made of fermented millet)

2 kg. bulgur (boiled and pounded wheat)
250 gr. bread yeast
1/2 kg. granulated sugar

Boza is the favourite drink of particularly cold winter nights, and is sold by the boza sellers as they walk around the streets. Boza sellers who frighten the children with their deep voices are traditional characters of old Istanbul. Continue reading Boza (a beverage made of fermented millet)

Turnip juice

Turnip juice is a popular beverage of southern Turkey, originating from Adana. Although its Turkish name şalgam suyu (or shortly, şalgam) does literally mean “turnip juice”, it is, in fact, the juice of purple carrot pickles, heavily salted, spiced and flavoured with aromatic turnip (çelem) and fermented in barrels. It is traditionally served cold in large glasses with long slices of pickled carrots, called dene. Hot paprika relish is added just before drinking. Hot or regular, it’s a popular drink with Adana Kebab. Continue reading Turnip juice


Rakı (Turkish rakı IPA [rak?]) is an anise-flavored apéritif that is highly popular in Turkey and is often associated with the country. It is produced by twice distilling either only suma or suma that has been mixed with ethyl alcohol in traditional copper alembics of 5000 lt volume or less with aniseed.[1] It is similar to several kinds of alcoholic beverages available in the Mediterranean and parts of the Balkans, including pastis, sambuca, ouzo, tsikoudia, tsipouro, and mastika. The general consesus is that all these liqueurs are proceeders of arak, a similar arabic liqueur, but it remains a theory. [2] Continue reading Rakı

Ayran (Yogurt Drink)

1 pt. low-fat or non-fat yogurt (if you are in Southern California try using “Trader Joe’s non-fat yogurt” found at Trader Joe’s speacialty food stores.)
1 cup cold water,
Salt to taste,
1 cup ice cubes.

Mix the yogurt with the water,ice and salt in an electric blender, or beat well together using a wooden spoon. Serve well chilled.
Mixture whould be thick.

Rose Jam

225 gr. rose leaves (without stalks)
6 1/4 glasses granulated sugar
3 3/4 glasses water
4 lemon salt cubes or 4 tablespoons lemon juice

Put the water and rose leaves into a pan, cover and boil until the rose leaves go almost a white color. Then add the sugar and boil with the lid off until the syrup thickens. Continue reading Rose Jam

Tulumba Tatlısı (Fried pastry with syrup)

2 tablespoons melted margarine
1 glass flour
3 tablespoons water
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 glasses olive oil
2 glasses sugar
1 3/4 glasses water
1 teaspoon lemon juice Continue reading Tulumba Tatlısı (Fried pastry with syrup)

Tel Kadayıf with walnuts

750 gr. tel kadayif (pastry made into thin long thread-like strips; available at Turkish stores)
1 1/2 glasses of margarine
2 glasses of walnuts
4 1/2 glasses granulated sugar
3 3/4 glasses water
1 teaspoons lemon juice
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