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Old 25th November 2005, 14:14   #1 (permalink)
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Aşure or Noahs pudding

The tradition of Asure pudding
After the deluge was over and the flood waters were receding Noah’s Ark came to rest on what is now known as Mount Ararat which is located in Eastern Turkey.
To celebrate their survival and to give thanks Noah and his family prepared a dish from what was still remaining in their depleted food stores.
Whether you believe the myth or not the delicacy that was prepared by Noah lives on in Turkish (and muslum) culture and is full of religious symbolism. The dish is called Asure..pronounced Ash ur e. Traditionally it is made from a combination of fifteen foodstuffs (other recipes and sources put the original number of ingredients at 40) Whatever the number the mixture is comprised from dried fruits, grains and pulses.
The month after Kurban Bayramı is known as Aşure month and women cook this pudding every day and distribute it to neighbours and friends. Although I have never attempted to make it nontheless my good neighbours bring me a bowlfull everyday for that month. İ think its a lovely tradition and although İ can’t say İ’m a lover of Noahs Pudding I do eat it out of respect for its symbolism.
Here is a nice recipe …(no..i don’t know where i got it from but there are hundreds of them out there if you are interested


Ingredients Measure Amount
Dövme (dehusked wheat for asure) 1 cup 180 grams
Chickpeas 1/3 cup 60 grams
Dry white beans 1/3 cup 60 grams
Rice 2 tablespoons 15 grams
Water 12 ‡ cups 2.5 kg
Dried apricots 10 60 grams
Dried figs 5 125 grams
Raisins (seedless) ‡ cup 50 grams
Orange 1 small size 120 grams
Sugar 1 2/3 cups 300 grams
Rose water 2 tablespoons 20 grams
Walnuts (not crushed) 2/3 cup 65 grams
Pomegranate ‡ small size 50 grams
Servings: 10
Soak the chick peas dried beansand special wheat and rice overnight Next day cook them individually the wheat has to be cooked until the starch starts to be released.
The chickpeas and beans can be speeded up by cooking in a pressure cooker
Wash the dried fruit and soak for a couple of hours then mix the cooked ingredients and fruit together & cook for about 15 minutes then cut up the oranges and add to the mix for a further 5 minutes cooking. Then add the sugar and the rosewater.. Stir well.
When the puding has cooled put it into individual dishes and decorate the top with nuts and other fruits such as Pomegranate
Alternatively you can now buy packets of ready mixed Aşure takes a few minutesto reconstituteand heat.
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Old 25th November 2005, 21:28   #2 (permalink)
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Yummy!
Thanks Shirleyann. Nice to have this recipe, I give a try. I hope I can find the rose water.
Thanks for sharing
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Thanks Shirleyann, its always interesting to learn the history of these traditions.

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I am very lucky that my neighbours ake it and treat me to it. I suspect the last one was sprinkled with orange juice or something similarly tasty
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