Loukoumi is a traditional oriental dessert better known as Turkish delight. It is considerably easy to cook: you will only need to mix sugar, starch and water, heat them to jelly texture, cool and cover with sugar powder (it helps to avoid extra clinging). This basic recipe has lots of additions and improvements: loukoumi is often cooked with rose water, almonds, pistachios, vanilla and even rice. We decided to publish the recipe of almond loukoumi.
There is a loukoumi factory in Lefkara village next to Limassol, where special tours are held for those who want to know how loukoumi is made. Tourists are also welcome to buy this dessert at the factory in Geroskipou (next to Paphos).
Sugar: 3 cups
Water: 6 cups
Starch: 3 cups
Peeled almonds: 0,5 cups
Sugar powder: 0,5 cups
Mix 3 cups of starch and 3 cups of water in a separate bowl and stir properly. Then pour 3 cups of sugar and the remaining water in a pot and bring to the boil, continuously stirring. Add the mixture of starch and water and grounded almonds. Stew the liquid until it thickens enough.
Then pour the loukoumi mass into the dish and allow to cool (or even refrigerate overnight). Serve this confectionery cut into small squares and covered with sugar powder.