ASHURE (Aşure) BY ROBERTO FROM OPERATIONS (MAN)

ASHURE (Aşure)

Aşure is a traditional Turkish dessert made from different varieties of grains, nuts, and fruits mixed together to form a porridge-like pudding.  The word “aşure” is derived from the Hebrew word “asor” which means “the tenth” or more literally as “the tenth day” as the “Day of Aşure” usually falls on the tenth day of Muharram – the first month of the year in the Islamic calendar.  On this month preparations of this traditional dessert are being made in huge amounts.  This will be shared with families, friends, and sent to neighbours in several small bowls of individual servings.  Through the years, this has become a common practice traditionally observed by most people in Turkey (Turkish or non-Turkish).

This traditional dessert originated from a very popular story or a legend about Noah and his ark:

To summarize briefly, the story tells of Noah and his family together with animals aboard a large vessel or the “ark” of which they built to save themselves from the great flood.  After the long journey above high waters, the great flood has finally subsided and the ark rested on Mount Ararat in eastern Anatolia in Turkey. Noah’s family celebrated with a special dish, since their supplies were nearly exhausted, what was left was cooked together to form a porridge-like pudding which we now call “aşure” or Noah’s Ark pudding.

Isn’t it amazing how a single serving of a dessert can give so much meaning to the world?

Indeed, it is.  And what makes it even more wonderful is to see people sharing the same values of friendship and solidarity regardless of their differences in culture, religion, geographical location, through a common practice in which their tradition holds so dearly.

Roberto Capadona

Ingredients:

1can – LEN010: KTC Chick Peas-12x400g

1 glass – MIS053: Veetee Basmati Rice (Bag)-1x5kg

500gr – SPI211: Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Granulated Sugar (Single Pack)-1x1kg

1 glass – SPI043: Sultanas-1x3kg

For topping – SPI323: Natco Almond Flakes-1x1kg

For topping – SPI344: Natco Hulled Sesame Seeds-1×1.5kg

For topping – SPI389: Schwartz for Chef Ground Cinnamon-1x390g

500gr – Wheat

1can – Cannellini beans

1 – Orange

For topping – Walnut

1 glass – Dried apricots

For topping – Pomegranate

For topping – Currants

Ingredients

Step 1:

Wash the wheat several times then place in a bowl with warm water and leave overnight.

Wash the wheat several times then place in a bowl with warm water and leave overnight.

Step 2:

Next day put the wheat in a large pan with hot water, cover with lid and bring to boil.

Next day put the wheat in a large pan with hot water, cover with lid and bring to boil.

Step 3:

Wash the chickpeas, beans and rice, dice the dried apricots.

Wash the chickpeas, beans and rice, dice the dried apricots.

Step 4:

Stir the wheat once a while and add hot water if necessary. Once is cooked start to add the other ingredients.

Stir the wheat once a while and add hot water if necessary. Once is cooked start to add the other ingredients.

Step 5:

Add the apricots and sultanas, cook for 10 minutes.

Add the apricots and sultanas, cook for 10 minutes

Step 6:

Add the chickpeas.

Add the chickpeas.

Step 7:

Add the beans, cook for 10 minutes.

Add the beans, cook for 10 minutes.

Step 8:

Add the rice, cook for 10minutes.

Add the rice, cook for 10minutes.

Step 9:

Add the orange zest.

Add the orange zest.

Step 10:

Add the sugar, cook 10 minutes. You can add as more (or less) as you want according to your taste.

Add the sugar, cook 10 minutes. You can add as more (or less) as you want according to your taste.

Step 11:

Add hot water in every step if necessary. The ashure shouldn’t be very dense.

Add hot water in every step if necessary. The ashure shouldn’t be very dense.

Step 12:

Prepare the toppings.

Add hot water in every step if necessary. The ashure shouldn’t be very dense.

Step 13:

Once the ashure is cooled serve it decorating with the toppings.

Once the ashure is cooled serve it decorating with the toppings.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

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