Salep With Nuts


The meaning of winter might depend on your tastes. Winter means skiing freely for some people while it means watching movies under blanket for others. Some look forward to wearing colorful shawls and berets on freezing days, but some dream of walking in the rain. What about winter foods and drinks? Winter reminds some people of various heartwarming soups while others remember yummy hot drinks when winter comes. Roasted chestnuts are the winner in winter for most people. For two of us and for most Turkish people winter evokes the irresistible smell of salep! Patisseries and cafes start to serve it to their customers in winter and you can feel its smell even from the street if they use genuine salep. The packaged ones sold at markets are mostly a mixture with salep powder, which sends it away from genuineness. If you would like to taste the scrumptious flavor of it, it’s better to buy it from herbalist shops in Turkey. You can understand if it’s genuine or not from its price. It is around $140 per kilo. Don’t be afraid of this high price, you never need a kilo of it. 50-100 grams of salep will suffice for a year.

Salep With Nuts |

Some cafes might make salep with hot water, which is not advised. It is definitely not salep, but a salep like drink.You must use milk when making salep. It’s very important to serve salep very hot, it could almost burn your mouth, this is where the pleasure lies. It is typically served with cinnamon powder topping, but I used crumbled walnuts this time. It is still so yummy! You can replace it with other nuts too!

I tried another recipe for salep before, but this one is better as there is no need for additional starch if you find genuine salep.


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Salep With Nuts
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Serves: 4
  • 1 liter milk
  • 1 tbsp salep powder
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • Nuts for topping
  1. Mix salep powder, sugar and milk in a pot until smooth.
  2. Cook it over low heat stirring consistently until it boils.
  3. Share into cups and serve with nuts topping.
Note: You can taste it before cooking and add extra sugar if you like it sweeter.



  1. Stamatia says

    Hmm, I think of all of those things in winter except chestnuts – very few people eat them here. You can sometimes find a small bin of them in the supermarket but that’s it, certainly no one selling them on the street. I think I read that they were popular in North America until a disease killed most of the trees here in the 19th century.

    Not that we drink salep here either, although I have bought a packet of the powder mix from the store. I think it’s illegal for Turkey or Greece to export the real thing, because the orchids are endangered?

    • says

      I thought chestnuts are famous everywhere in Winter and I didn’t know that information about the disease killing chestnut trees, interesting. Thanks for sharing it here! I don’t know if it is exported to other countries, but since orchids are endangered as you mention, it doesn’t seem possible. Maybe you visit Turkey one day and taste it :)


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