Boza Recipe

I recently leveled up my Bulgarian mom cred by adding Boza to my repertoire of of Bulgarian and Turkish recipes. Boza is a fermented drink, popular in the Balkans and Middle East. Typically, it’s made from wheat (bulgur), but can be made from any grain. I bet corn would be really lovely. It’s creamy, sweet, slightly boozy (that’s where we get the word, BTW) and can be served as thick or thin as you like. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or your favourite spice, if you like.


Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Fermentation 12 hours
Cuisine Balkan, Bulgarian, Middle Eastern, Turkish
Servings 16 servings


  • Large Heavy-Bottomed Pot
  • Large Glass Bowl or Fermentation Crock
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Stick blender or traditional blender
  • Sieve
  • Tea Towel


  • 1.5 c Bulgur or grain of your choice
  • Water so much water
  • 1.25 c Sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp yeast optional


Day One

  • Place bulgur in a pot and cover with water. About an inch above the level of the grain should do.
  • Bring to the boil. Cover with lid, remove from heat. Set aside overnight.

Day 2

  • Add more water – again about an inch above the level of the now swollen grain will do.
  • Bring to the boil. Reduce to simmer and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the bulgur is quite soft.
  • Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes.
  • With your stick blender (or in a regular blender) purée the grain.
  • Pass the purée through your sieve into your glass bowl or crock to remove the solids.
  • If your liquid is quite thick, you can add more water.
  • Add sugar and vanilla.
  • When your liquid has cooled to body temperature, add yeast if you'd like. This is not necessary. Boza will ferment without it. This simply speeds the process.
  • Set aside in a COOL place, covered in a tea towel for 12 hours (or longer). This can happen in your fridge, too. Cool temps will help maintain the sweetness.
  • Boza will thicken. Just whisk it before serving. Thin to desired consistency. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon and maybe a few roasted chickpeas.
Keyword boza, drink, fermented, grain
Boza Recipe


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