Turkish Salep Recipe

Lauren Rothman

Exotic-tasting salep is perfumed with rosewater and garnished with cinnamon and ground pistachios.

Note: Glutinous rice flour is used in many southeast Asian recipes and can be found at any well-stocked Asian supermarket.

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Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 2 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons glutinous rice flour (see note)
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosewater
  • Ground cinnamon, for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped pistachios, for garnish


  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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