Turkish Aşure or Noah’s Pudding

Aşure or Noah’s Pudding is probably one of Turkey’s most famous puddings, made during Aşure as part of the Islamic Calender this pudding is shared with friends, neighbours and family.  It’s not only shared with Muslims but with everyone as way of showing love and friendship in the community.  Don’t be surprised to get a knock on your door during this time, to find a neighbour delivering you a bowl of this desert, you don’t have to give a dish back but why not try and make your own with my recipe. 

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For more on the day and its significance in the Turkish Culture read my article over on my blog The Day of Aşure in Turkey

Note:  This recipe takes two days to make as you need to soak some ingredients over night or for at least 6 hours.

Ingredients for Aşure

  • 1 cup barley (soaked over night)
  • 1 cup haricot beans (soaked over night)
  • 1 cup chickpeas (soaked over night)
  • 1 cup rice (short-grain)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Water
  • 8 dried apricots (diced)
  • 8 dried figs (diced)

 How to make your Aşure

Cook your beans and chickpeas in fresh water until soft, cook your Chickpeas in a separate pot as they will take longer than your beans.

In another separate deep pot start cooking your barley, you can use fresh water but you can also use the same water you steeped your barley in to keep the flavour and starch from the Barely. You may need to add a little extra water while your barley cooks.

Add in your chickpeas and beans to the barley once they are all ready. Then bring your mixture to the boil and leave for 10 minutes to simmer.

Then add in your dried fruit and sugar and continue to simmer till your mixture begins to thicken. If you find your mixture isn’t thickening with the natural starches you can use a little cornstarch to help thicken the mixture.

Once the pudding is at your desired thickness and all the ingredients are cooked, you can place your ingredients in separate pudding bowls or one large serving bowl.

Topping for Aşure

I have had many different versions from neighbours and everyone tops theirs slightly different giving there own little signature to the dish.

You always sprinkle with cinnamon on top of your Aşure

You can then add:

Pomegranate Seeds

Nuts normally crushed Walnut but I’ve used peanuts

You can also use more dried figs and Apricots chopped

Orange or Clementine segments

Use whatever you have in the house that will go nice with the pudding, last year I had one with strawberries.

During the cooking process you can also add in, some fruit juice, orange or lemon rind or both, vanilla or try some rose water. Not one Aşure pudding is the same, apart from the main base of barely, rice and beans. Add what you like to get your own signature Noah’s Pudding.

Once it’s ready, share with family friends and neighbours.

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