Boza, traditional drink of Istanbul

Boza is a fermented drink, originally from Turkey, popular in several Balkan countries such as Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Romania.
It is known as one of the oldest drinks in Anatolia and one of the most fascinating in Turkish cuisine. Apart from its sweet sour taste, it has another memory for the inhabitants of Istanbul.
The young people of Istanbul still remember today the Bozacilar (the vendors of Boza) screaming in the streets on winter evenings to offer their freshly made hot drink: “Booozaaaaa” !

How to prepare Turkish Boza?

The boza is made from fermented wheat in Turkey. This drink also has numerous benefits. Indeed, increases the production of breast milk;
it is an excellent remedy for sore throat; contains an abundance of vitamin B12, essential for the metabolism of the cells of our body,

How is it prepared?

Here are the ingredients of the boza: 1 kg of corn flour, 10 liters of water, 1 sachet of dry yeast, 1 kg of sugar.

Preparation of the boza

Put the flour in the water, mix well and let it rest for a day. After 24 hours have elapsed, put the mixture to a boil. Stir constantly until boiling, lower and cook for an hour, stirring occasionally to avoid burning. Leave to cool to room temperature and add the yeast. Mix well. After that, let it rest for another 24 hours in the refrigerator. Filter through cheesecloth. Add the sugar. Mix well and your boza will be ready!

Turkish fermented drink