Ashura “Aşure” is an authentic Turkish dessert that is believed that it is first made by Prophet Noah to gather all of the remaining foodstuffs to make this sweet pudding when he and his family left the ark. Ashura is a healthy dessert filled with beans, dried fruits, whole grain wheat sweetened with sugar and spices and cooked in one pot. It is customary to share it with others.
Let me give you a little bit about history and the importance of Ashura. Muslims around the world are celebrating Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram, which is the first month of the Islamic calendar.
The word Ashura literally translates to “10”, indicating the date of the holiday. Some Shia Muslims observe the day to mourn the death of Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, at the Battle of Karbala on Muharram 10, about 1,400 years ago. Sunni Muslims observe Ashura commemorate three events: The day Noah was said to have left the Ark, the day Moses and his people were saved from the Pharaoh and the arrival of the Prophet Muhammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina in AD 622.
Muslims voluntarily fast from sunrise to sunset on the day of Ashura, following the example of the Prophet Muhammad. It has said that the first version of ‘aşure’ was made by Noah himself. It is a special customary dessert that you cook in a big pot and shares with others.
Ingredients For Ashura:
1+1/2 cups whole grain wheat (Aşurelik Buğday)
3 tbsp rice
1/2 cup each uncooked white beans and chickpeas (If you use canned use more than 1 cup and add it in the last 10 minutes of cooking)
1 cup each dried apricots, figs (cut in cubes) and raisins
About 2-3 cups sugar (as much as you desire)
About 6 liters hot water (Will be used as much as needed for the consistency)
3-4 cloves boiled in half cup water
1 cinnamon stick
You can also add: apples, quince (peeled and cut in cubes), cooked Chesnut pieces, whole peeled almonds, and hazelnuts
Hazelnuts, walnuts, pinenuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, ground cinnamon, sliced dried figs and apricots, pomegranates, pistachio nuts..
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