Even though the item pictured to the left looks like a mound of thick string liberally covered in dirt, it’s actually food. It’s called pişmaniye and is a Turkish sweet.
I bought pişmaniye last night from Bakkal International Foods off Roswell Road (5690 Roswell Road, 404-847-9942), which is a delightful Turkish grocery that Christiane Lauterbach’s long circulating Knife and Fork newsletter put on my radar.
Pişmaniye is similar to cotton candy in texture and appearance, but to me tastes a little like cookies due to added ingredients of wheat flour and vanillin. It’s not as sticky as the carnival/fair treat and is garnished with ground pistachios – a nice touch.
Check out this video on Youtube that show a group of men making it by hand. To watch the whole process from beginning to end, you’ll have to select the continuing videos labeled second (2.Bölüm Ustasından Çalçı…), third (3.Bölüm Ustasından Çalçı…) and so forth that are displayed to the right. Let me warn you though, the homemade videos are very shaky.
- by Gene Lee, Food and More blog
– Gene Lee writes about International Cuisine for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Eat, Drink, Man… A Food Journal.