Citizens, your unquestioned Leader – the ever-questing TFD! – is always on the hunt for great recipes from the Republic of Georgia! This one certainly fits the bill – and unlike my last post, is anything but complex. Like all Georgian recipes, Pelamushi is insanely good for you and has barely any added sugar. A rare treat indeed! 🙂
As noted on the site mygeotrip.com:
Pelamushi is a sweet dish that resembles a frozen pudding. Georgians usually prepare it in cold season using grape juice and walnuts. More specifically, pelamushi is the shell of Imeretian churchkhela (a Georgian grape candy repared in the western part of Georgia).
For its preparation, you need to boil grape juice with corn flour and sugar until the mass gets thick. Hot pelamushi should be poured into bowls and put in the refrigerator. When the mass hardens it is time to turn the bowls on the plate. Ready pelamushi can be beautifully decorated with chopped nuts and served. Traditionally Georgians use the juice of red grapes; the white grapes are used only for weddings – that symbolizes the purity of the bride.
Few recipes are as toothsome and satisfying as this one – but of course, TFD must put his own stamp on it! Sadly, nowhere else will you find grapes as flavorsome and fragrant as those from Georgia (where winemaking was born several THOUSAND years ago, by the way). I make up for this by first specifying a brand of Concord grape juice that meets my taste criteria, and then adding some saba to it.
Saba is a reduced grape juice from Italy, where the grapes are excellent indeed and will help amp up the flavor! For a more complex flavor profile, I also add a tiny amount of Balsamic Vinegar to it – don’t worry, you won’t taste it. If you are lazy (and YOU don’t fit that profile, do you Citizen?!), eliminate the saba and balsamic and just use the grape juice.
In this recipe we shall use the classical method of making pelamushi with flour and badagi (reduced grape juice).
As always, enjoy the unmatched flavors of Georgia, my Citizens – and remember, you can find all of my Georgian recipes if you look on the right hand side of your screen in the tag cloud and click the “Georgian” tag. 🙂
Battle on – The Generalissimo