Namik (dessert)

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Namik
Namik dessert
Origin
Alternative name(s) Turkish: Namık, Namık tatlısı, Namık helvası
Place of origin Turkey
Region or state Central Anatolia
Details
Type Halva, semolina dessert
Main ingredient(s) Semolina, milk, sugar, vanilla
Variations Orange, strawberry, lemon, coconut[1] and cocoa[1]

Namik (Turkish: Namık) is a traditional Turkish dessert. Its has a similar appearance to semolina dessert and halva but ingredients may differ.

There are lots of different ways to make this dessert and the most common one is with milk. Its fame came from the cook's creativity, that's why there isn't an exact recipe for it. You can put any extra ingredient in it and still serve it as Namik. Its affordable cost is one of the key factors that made it so popular in agricultural societies in Central Anatolia.[2]

It can also be called Namik dessert (Turkish: Namık tatlısı) and Namik halva (Turkish: Namık helvası[3]). The name comes from Turkish male name Namık. The reason of that is still unknown. There are lots of food in Turkish cuisine with male and female names (like Nuriye, Haydari, Ali Nazik etc).

History

The dessert's history goes as far as Suleiman the Magnificent. One of his praise words mention about Namik was the following: "Pearlicious!" (Sweet as a pearl). Also Namik was distributed in army barracks during Turkish War of Independence because of its affordability.[citation needed]

Ingredients

Namik is mainly made from semolina, milk, sugar and butter. Ingredients like vanilla, rum, orange crust, strawberries or lemon can also be used for flavoring. The new generation also uses ingredients like coconut and cocoa. Namik may be sweetened with pekmez (a kind of grape syrup).[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Not traditional version, only in modern Turkish cuisine.
  2. "İç Anadolu Yemekleri" (in Turkish). Lezzet. Retrieved 22 May 2016. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Sütlü Namık Helvası" (in Turkish). NefisYemekTarifleri.com. Retrieved 22 May 2016. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>