Turkish Delight or Arabic Locum (rāhat al-hulqūm), “throat comfort”

Turkish Delight or Arabic Locum (rāhat al-hulqūm), “throat comfort” dates back more than 230 years, making it one of the oldest sweet dishes in the world.

Something from my North African “cookhouse” ………….

Makes about 25

  • 80g corn flour
  • 300ml water
  • 25ml (5 tsp) gelatin
  • 500gm sugar
  • 25ml rose water
  • juice of two lemons
  • a few drops of pink food colouring

1) Line metal tray with plastic wrap

2) Combine 80gm corn flour with 50ml water to form a paste. Set aside.

3) Sprinkle gelatin onto 125ml (½ cup water). Set aside.

4) Place reaming water, sugar and rose water, lemon juice into a large saucepan and heat gently until  the sugar has dissolved. Add the corn flour paste, whisking continuously. Cook mix for about 10 min.

5) Melt gelatin mix on defrost setting in microwave for a few seconds. Add the gelatin in a thin stream to the sugar mixture. Stir in the food coloring, pour into lined baking tray and allow to set at room temp.


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