5 Amazing Milky Desserts That You Have To Try in Turkey

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I love Turkish cuisine and desserts occupy a great place in our eating habits. Some Turkish desserts like the legendary ”Baklava” or ”Kadayıf” can make you regret eating them after realizing how much sugar they contain. At least I feel that way 😳. But not all Turkish desserts are evil! Milk desserts are preferred for their lightness and solves your sweet crises, especially on hot days. I made a list of 5 Amazing Milky Desserts that you have to try in Turkey. These 5 desserts are light and more body friendly. Send me your questions about Turkish cuisine and hire a gastronomical tour guide during your holiday in Turkey. See you soon, Hasan Gülday.

Sütlaç (Rice Pudding)
Sütlaç (Rice Pudding)

Sütlaç Dessert (Rice Pudding)

Sütlaç is the most common among milk desserts in Turkey. The issue of rice pudding’s consistency has long been a matter of debate between Turkish people. While how “soggy” it should be varies according to the person. Its main ingredients are rice, milk, and sugar.

Tavuk Göğüsü Dessert (Chicken Breast)

Tavuk Göğsü (Chicken Breast)

Tavuk göğsü is one of the signature dishes of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey. It is rumored that it was the favorite dessert of the Ottoman Sultans. It is one of the unique desserts in our cuisine, because the main ingredient is boiled chicken meat. Seriously! There are also those made without chicken meat, which is called “fake chicken breast” because the recipe does not comply with the original. The tavuk göğüsü dessert, which passed from the Romans to Byzantium but was forgotten in Europe in time, continues to protect its reputation in the hands of the Turks.

Muhallebi Dessert (Mahalabia)

Muhallebi (Mahalabia)

Although the water was often accompanied by rice flour when our chefs today make it, it is a very light dessert originally made using milk. Muhallebi is a kind of dessert that is commonly served cold. There are varieties such as mastic pudding and torched pudding. The origin of the dessert in legends is traced back to the Sassanian (Persian) Empire.

Semolina Pudding (Sütlü İrmik Tatlısı)

Semolina Pudding (Sütlü İrmik Tatlısı)

You can perform unique applications according to your vision in the presentation of the dessert, which is cooked on low heat and constantly stirring. Since it can be made quickly, the semolina dessert with milk, which is very easy, can be made with the ingredients in your home. You can either cover it with chocolate sauce or strawberry slices or serve with biscuit pieces to be placed in between.

Kazandibi Dessert


Kazandibi was discovered by lightly torching the bottom of the chicken breast dessert which I previously mentioned. However, today it is mostly made with rice flour, starch, sugar and vanilla without chicken meat, and it is among the most popular milk desserts in Turkey. You should definitely try the Kazandibi dessert from Turkish cuisine, which is very light and will come to the rescue of your sweet crises.

Hasan Gülday

Hasan Gülday. Professional licensed tour guide working in Turkey.

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