Turkish delight, which is named Lokum in Turkish, is a kind of candy peculiar to Turkey. Its raw materials are sugar and starch. It is made by boiling a mixture consisting of sugar solution, starch suspension and citric acid. Boiled mixture is cooled until it gets a certain density. Then, it is poured into special moulds inside of which is covered by starch. The starch prevents the mixture sticking to the inner part of the moulds.
Turkish people who drink Raki think that it shouldn’t be drunk without mezze. They think that drinking Raki is like a kind of art. If you drink Raki, you should have some mezzes which taste best together with it.
Tomato jam with hot pepper is one of these mezzes. It is easy to prepare and delicious. Another Raki mezze is Gavurdagi Salad made of tomatoes and onions minced in cubic pieces, chopped up green peppers and parsley. Minced nuts and olive oil are its additives.
Turkish coffee refers to the method of preparing coffee by boiling it in a pot called Cezve. This method is totally different from European or American coffee preparation style. Turkish coffee is the only coffee which is served with its grounds. That’s because that it is prepared by boiling coffee powder with sugar and water.
Raki is an alcoholic drink whose raw materials are aniseed and Suma which is obtained by distillation of grapes mash. It is produced by the second distillation of Suma, which is mixed with agricultural ethyl alcohol, with aniseed. Raki, as it is worldwide known, is only produced in Turkey.
If you ask a Turk “which is the most popular dessert in Turkish cuisine”, he will most probably say “Baklava”. It is a delicious dessert which is made of finely layered pastry. These layers are so thin and there are nuts between them. It is baked and then steeped in syrup composed of boiled water with sugar.
Baklava, like Kebab, has got a wide range of variety. They contain hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts and pictachios between layers. A type of Baklava seems like a cigar filled with minced pistachios while another one filled with hazelnuts is like a stuffed green pepper.