Sweet delights from the land of Turks!

The word lokum comes from the Arabic ‘Rahul-Ul hulkum’ which literally means, soothing to the throat.
It is believed that lokum has been produced since the 15th century. 

Here is how you can prepare this Turkish Delight!

Ingredients – 4 cups of sugar, 1 litre of water, 1 tsp of lemon juice, 1 cup of corn-flour, 1 tsp of tartar cream, 1 ½ tsp of rosewater, artificial food colour or saffron, 1 cup of icing sugar.
Procedure – Take a pan with 1 ½ cups of water. Add sugar and let it dissolve over low heat till it turns into sugar syrup. Add lemon juice to the sugar syrup.
Add cream of tartar and corn-flour into the remaining water to make it into a smooth liquid. Heat the liquid until it comes to boil and becomes thick.
Mix both the solutions. Whisk till it forms a paste and turns milky in colour.
Add the rose water and artificial food colour or saffron.
Place an aluminum foil in a shallow dish and pour the mixture in it. Refrigerate it overnight.
Peel the foil from all four sides, cut it into small squares.
Coat the squares in icing sugar in order to avoid the Turkish Delights from sticking.

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