Try our dondurma, then check out our Turkish delight recipe and guide to Turkish coffee. Now learn how to cook like a local from Turkey.

Salep – also spelled sahlap or sahlep – is a starchy flour made from the tubers of orchids, and is used in Turkish cuisine to make ice cream. It gives a very consistent texture and a unique flavour to the ice cream. Find it online.

Turkish ice cream (dondurma) recipe


  • ½ vanilla pod, seeds only
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp sahlep
  • 1 litre goat's milk
  • extra-virgin olive oil, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Mix the vanilla pod seeds, 1 tsp of sugar, the sahlep and 150ml of milk in a bowl. Heat the rest of the milk and the sugar in a pan until boiling. Add the sahlep mixture to the pan and slowly mix over a low heat for 30 mins. Once it gets thicker, take it off the heat and let it cool, mixing every 10 mins.

  • STEP 2

    When it has cooled to room temperature, add a pinch of salt, pour it into an ice cream maker and churn following the manufacturer's instructions. Once the ice cream is frozen and thickened, transfer to a container and put in the freezer for 30 mins. Serve with a spoonful of extra-virgin olive oil.


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