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Aşure/ Ashure tarifi / Noah's Pudding / Turkish mix fruits, grains and nut dessert for special occasion Aşure day

Aşure Gününüz Mübarek Olsun Dualarınız kabul Olsun

Merhaba from Turkey..

Aşure Günü or in Arabic ʻĀshūrā’ (عاشوراء) day is the 10th day of Muharram month (first month in Islamic calendar). In Islamic believed many important occurrences happened in this month. This month also important for Muslims and we also do Fasting in this month.
In Turkey, people make this aşure in Aşure day (Aşure Günü). Aşure or ashure is Turkish dessert congee made from mix dried fruits, grains and nuts. Beside serve among the family, this dessert generally shared among neighbours, relatives and friends. Also calls Noah's pudding

And this year is my first time making this aşure... for few years before mostly I got this sweet congee from my neighbours. From some aşure I got from them I saw the ingredients is very much vary from each person, neither the grains they mix in or the dried fruits or nuts and even topping when they serve.

But when you go to traditional market to buy "aşure packet/set" generally it's consist of whole wheat grain, dried apricot, dried figs, golden sultana/ raisins, hazelnuts, almond and peanuts with clove and cinnamon as spices.

You can really vary add or cook this aşure with ingredients you have but still it should mix from grain (whole wheat), dried fruits (fig, apricot, raisins) and nuts (white bean and chickpea)... the rest are really according to your taste. This aşure or Noah's pudding should have cinnamon aroma. Some people add few cloves but other didn't.

And here my recipe I took from Şeker bank tatlı kitab with minor adjustment. In that recipe calls for milk but as my mother in law made she never use milk for her aşure.

It will at least take two days for making this aşure, at 1st day you need to soak white beans and dried chickpea one whole day with warm water until they are tender. Then cook separately bean and chickpea until soft and tender. At night before you make aşure at next morning you should soak whole wheat with warm water also.

Dried Figs

  • 300 gr Aşurelik bulgur/ whole wheat for ashure, soak in warm water over night
  • ½ cup dried chickpea, soak with warm water a day before then cook until tender
  • ½ cup dried white bean, soak with warm water a day before then cook until tender
  • ½ cup short grain rice (optional), wash and drained
  • 3~3,5 lt water (as thickness you liking)
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 400 gr sugar (or to taste)
  • 4~6 cloves
  • dried apricot, roughly chopped
  • dried fig, roughly chopped
  • 3 cup golden sultanas/ raisins
  • about 2 Tbsp roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (optional)

Whole wheat, white beans & chickpea
For serve:
  • pomegranate
  • ground or whole pistachio chopped roughly
  • ground or whole almond chopped roughly
  • cinnamon powder
  • hazelnuts, roughly chopped
How to make:
1) A day before, separately soak white bean and chickpea with warm water until they are soft. It will absorb the water and double in size so make sure you have enough water and proper bowl. After they are soft, separately cook them until they really cook thoroughly and really tender. Set a side.

2) A night before you make aşure soak whole wheat in warm water and drain.

3) In a big pan put water, rice, wheat, white bean, chickpea, cloves and cinnamon stick, bring to boil and cook until rice and wheat tender/ soft. Add in sugar continue to cook until sugar dissolve. Remove cloves.

4) Now mix in raisins/ golden sultana, dried blueberries (if use) and roasted peanuts. Let it bubbling few minutes before adding chopped apricot and chopped fig. After adding dried fruits, no need to cook too long, just 2 or 3 minutes more and remove from heat.

Note: if you have leftover aşure in next morning the water will absorbed, you can add small amount of hot water and warm it up. But if you like congee look alike you can leave it like that and only warm up slightly.

Serve warm or room temperature with topping e.g chopped hazelnuts, almond, pistachio, pomegranate and cinnamon powder as your liking.
Enjoy it with your big families, friends, and neighbors.


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