Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ashure, Aşure, Noah's Pudding: A Turkish Delight

Aşure  with walnuts, pistachio and pomegranate
July 18, 2015 - David Cohen
Aşure,  or Ashure,  also known as Noah's Pudding , is a Turkish dessert porridge made of a mixture of grains,  legumes, fruits and nuts. It is an ancient and symbolic dish.  The word comes from the Arabic for ten or "tenth" -  ashura -  عاشر   - derived from the Aramaic and Hebrew word for tenth,  asor .  It is served during the first month of the Islamic calendar, Muharram.    The Day of Ashura (Arabic: عاشوراء‎ ʻĀshūrā’ , colloquially: /ʕa(ː)ˈʃuːra/; Urdu: عاشورا‎; Persian: عاشورا‎ /ʕɒːʃuːˈɾɒ/; Turkish: Aşure Günü),  is on the tenth day of Muharram. 


Recipe Template for Aşure: 

Note: Not all ingredients are needed -  the basic idea is to have at least one of each group: grain, legume, fruit , nut and spice. The dish can range from simple to quite elaborate.

Grains

  • Wheat, dehusked (Aşurelik Buğday or dövme=dehusked wheat (buğday) ) 
  • Barley, dehusked (dövme arpa)
  • Rice - dry

Quantity

  • ~250 ml - 200 gm

  • ~200 ml ~150 gm

  • ~60 ml  - 50 gm

Processing

  • Boil - water ~ 500 ml add water as needed
  • similar
  • Boil - water ~200 ml

Legumes

  • White beans
  • Chickpeas



  • 100 ml ~60 gms  dry
  • similar.


Soften by soaking overnight  - then boil  about 400 ml  water , add water as needed.

Nuts

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pine nuts
  • Pistachios



150 ml   ~60 gms



Note:  not all types are needed

Fruits

  • Apricots - dried
  • Figs - dried
  • Raisins
  • Fresh orange



  • ~60 grams
  • one small

Sweeteners

  • Sugar



~200 ml ~150 gms

Sweeten to taste

Spices

  • Cinnamon
  • Orange peel
  • Rose water
  • Cloves



  • Two sticks
  • Optional
  • Optional
  • A few

Spice to taste
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A bit dry at this point

  • Cook, or par-cook, each grain and legume separately.
  • Combine for final cooking in a double- boiler. (~ 60 minutes)
  • Add the spices to the combination..
  • Add water if needed to keep the mix liquid.
  • Add some diced, dry apricots or other fruit . 
  • Add sweeteners carefully, we don't want it too sweet.  
  • Taste in process. The mix should be soft but some body should remain. We are not making baby food. :)
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Add water as needed - note the use of the double-boiler
technique.
Do not add nuts to the hot mixture. Allow the mixture to cool.  We want the fresh flavors in the final mix. 

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