Pishme is a traditional Turkmen snack served with green tea to friends, family and neighbors during all kinds of celebrations.
1 teaspoon salt
300 ml water
1 teaspoon instant yeast
500 g flour
½ l vegetable oil, for frying
In a bowl, mix the salt, water, yeast and flour until the mixture comes together as a dough. Knead until the dough is soft and elastic. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and set aside for 20 minutes, or until the dough is well risen.
Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a ball. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rest for 5 minutes.
Roll out one ball of dough on a floured surface until 5 mm (¼ inch) thick. Cut the dough into strips of desired width, then cut each strip into diamond shapes. Repeat with the remaining dough.
In a deep frying pan, heat the oil. Drop in the pishme and fry over high heat, flipping them over several times until they are golden on both sides. Remove the pishme with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve with tea.