Keşkül (Turkish: keşkül) is an almond-based milk pudding from Turkish cuisine.[1] Usually served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon, it is often garnished with coconut shaving or pistachio nuts and is off-white in colour.

Keşkül with cracked walnuts on it.
Place of originTurkey
Main ingredientsAlmonds, milk


The dish's name is derived from the Ottoman Turkish idiomatic expression "keşkül-i fukara" meaning "beggar's bowl". The word keşkül and it's respective idiom is ultimately traced back to Persian kaşkūl (كشكول), meaning "beggar" or "beggar's bowl". The oldest written usage of the word in a Turkic language is traced backed to Franciscus a Mesgnien Meninski's Thesaurus. According to Meninski the word originally meant poculum or scyphus. The usage of the word to indicate the dessert is first attested in Şemseddin Sami's 1900 work Kamûs-ı Türkî.[2]

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  1. Basan, G.; BaÅŸan, J. (1997). Classic Turkish Cookery. Tauris Parke Books. p. 191. ISBN 978-1-86064-011-7.
  2. "keşkül". Nişanyan Sözlük. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
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