BOZA (ORIENTAL FERMENTED SWEET DRINK)

Boza is very interesting, refreshing drink, which has its roots back to the Ottoman Empire. Boza or bosa is a popular fermented beverage popularized in Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and in the Balkan countries including Macedonia. It is a malt drink made from flour, it has a thick consistency and a low alcohol content (usually around 1%), and a slightly acidic sweet flavor. It is rich in vitamins A, B and E, iron, and appreciated as a drink that warms and fills with power. It is believed that boza can strengthen the immune system and possibly increase women’s breast. Boza can raise the level of prolactin, a hormone that promote milk production and therefore may increase breasts. Boza is sometimes recommended to breastfeeding mothers.
Recipe for boza is simple.


Ingredients:
  • 500 g corn flour
  • 7 liters of lukewarm water
  • 20 g yeast
  • 500 g sugar
Preparation:
  1. Put corn flour in a larger pot or pan, pour 5 liters of water and leave overnight.
  2. In the morning, put on the stove and cook on a low heat stirring occasionally for two hours.
  3. Remove from heat and let sit for a few hours.
  4. Mix yeast with 2 l with lukewarm water. Stir in yeast mixture into flour mixture and let it ferment till the next day.
  5. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth the next day and add sugar. Fill in bottles, leave bottles half opened and put in the fridge overnight. Serve next day.

Enjoy!

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