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Pashmak

Pashmak is a candy prepared with sugar and sesame, which is quite like Persian cotton candy or candy floss. In Persian language, pashmak implies “little wool”. The name has been given to the dish as it looks like sheep’s wool. The dish is served in the form of accompaniment to various other dishes like cakes, fruits, desserts, ice creams and puddings. This dish is somewhat similar in appearance to one of the Turkish sweets, known as “pismaniye”.

 
Origin of Pashmak 
The origin of pashmak lies in Yazd, an Iranian city, which is quite popular for several Persian sweets like Ghottab and Baghlava. 
 
Pashmak Recipe- Ingredients
The ingredients mentioned in pashmak recipe include sesame, sugar oil and flour. 
 
Pashmak Recipe- Preparation
All the ingredients are combined together and prepared in long thread like that of wool. Pashmak is not something that people usually make at home. It is normally available in various stores in different flavors like vanilla, rose, saffron, orange and pistachio.
 
Serving Pashmak
It is generally served on the top of ice creams, shakes, pudding, and various other desserts. 
 
Pashmak Recipe- Popular Uses
Pashmak is used on the top of various desserts to augment their appeal and look.
• Strawberry bavarois served topped with chocolate pashmak is prepared by whisking together the crystals of strawberry jelly and warm water, adding strawberry liqueur and evaporated milk to the mix after it gets cold, and beating properly until frothy and thick. The prepared strawberry bavarois is then poured in glasses, chilled for a few hours, and served with handful of chocolate flavored pashmak placed on the top.
• Pashmak is used on as topping on ice creams and puddings too. Orange, chocolate, vanilla or rose flavor can be used on the top of ice creams depending upon the flavor of ice cream.
• Also, the wool like threads can be used for garnishing milk shakes. Here also the flavor may be chosen as per the flavor of the shake. 
 
Trivia
  • It is a widespread myth that ant spit is used in the preparation of the candy although this does not hold true at all.