Aşure (Noah’s Pudding)

Aşure (or, Noah’s Pudding) is a famous Turkish dessert, prepared on the Day of Aşure. It’s name is derived from the word “ashura“, which means “tenth” in Arabic. The Day of Aşure follows the Islamic holy calendar, and falls on the Tenth of Muharrem, during the first month of the calendar. Aşure is part of the culinary tradition of Turkey, as well as many of the surrounding countries.

Asure Noah's Pudding
Noah’s Pudding

History tells how Noah’s Ark came to rest on Mount Ararat in northeastern Turkey, and his family celebrated with a special dessert. Since their food supplies were almost exhausted, the family used what was left (primary beans, grains and dried friut) to create a pudding, now known as aşure.

Aşure is traditionally made from a delicious mix of seven (7) main ingredients: wheat, rice, beans, chickpeas, sugar, dried fruit and nuts. However, every Turkish family usually has their own special recipe. The dish is especially unique among Turkish cuisine as it contains no animal products.