A Taste of Heaven: Turkish Delight

Turkish delight (in Turkish Lokum) is one of tastiest thing in the world. It is small fragrant cubes of jelly and an essential part of the Turkish coffee. There is a saying in Turkey: “eat sweet and speak sweetly.” This has led Turkish delight to be an essential part of the family meetings and other special days with other Turkish desserts.

Turkish delight filled with chocolate and covered with coconuts

Turkish delight (lokum) filled with chocolate and covered with coconuts – Image credit: haciserif.com.tr

History of Turkish Delight

Turkish delight fused with pistachioLokum (Turkish Delight) fused with pistachio -Image credit: haciserif.com.tr

It is called Lokum in Turkey. It had become popular in Ottoman Empire during the 17th century. The name derived from Arabic word ‘rahat ul-hulküm’ which means the soother of the throat. It is invented in Istanbul and moved to Europe by an English traveller as a Turkish delight so the world called it Turkish Delight. At first, it was made of honey, grape molasses, and flour. It became famous when sugar and starch were used.

Types and Ingredients

Mixed Sultan LokumMixed Sultan Lokum – Image credit: haciserif.com.tr

Ingredients are easy to find therefore you can make your own Turkish delight. The main ingredients sugar, corn flour, gelatine, and flavour (rose water, lemon juice or whatever you like). You can see how to make it in the following video.

If it looks complicated to make your own, you can find it in many places all around the world. Or, if you have a friend who travels to Turkey, why not ask them to bring some from where the recipe was born?

There are countless types of Turkish delight but the main ones are plain (sade), flavoured (rose, lemon, and mint), filled with nuts (hazelnut, pistachio, walnut, and almond). This huge variety led many famous people to love it.

The Chronicles of Narnia - Turkish Delight

The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Pablo Picasso ate Lokum to concentrate on his masterpieces. Napoleon and Winston Churchill had a preference for Turkish Delight filled with pistachios. Edmond in the “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by CS Lewis couldn’t resist the taste of Turkish delight and risk his family’s lives. Tesco reported a 200% increase as a result of the movie so even watching it can seduce you.

If you want to see other Turkish desserts, read

5 Mouth-Watering Turkish Desserts.

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