Thursday, December 23, 2010

Noah's Pudding

Ashura is the word we use to call Noah's pudding in Turkey. Making ashura at home and sharing it with neighbours (regardless of their faith) is a common practice among Muslims and Christian people in the Middle East. It's claimed this dessert was the meal Noah cooked when the ark beached on Mount Ararat. It was made with all the leftover pieces in the ark's pantry - primarily grains, dried fruit and nuts. Here in Sarajevo, nobobody has ever knocked on my door and offered a bowl of newly made ashura yet. So, Milou and I decided to sharpen all the color pencils at home to make ashura with our own recipe using the leftovers. The result is awesome: Look at the colours and shapes like the ingredients in ashura symbolizing love and peace. 

Ashura with Milou's recipe
And the next day a friend of mine, Hilal,  who is from Turkey and lives in Sarajevo, saw the picture on Facebook and wanted to make a surprise for us: Traditionally prepared real ashura! To be honest, it was one of the best ones I've ever tasted. Good job, Hilal! 

Traditionally prepared ashura by Hilal

grains, dried fruit and nuts Milou and I could supply

nuts and pomegranate seeds to finish the dessert
If you feel interested you can reach detailed information about Noah's pudding at the page of Rumi Club at University of Massachusetts and if you'd like to give it a try, check this recipe at 

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