Updated: Mar 21, 2019
Ashure (pronounced ah-shoo-ray) or Noah’s Pudding is a Turkish dessert porridge that is made of grains, fruits, dried fruits, and nuts. It is a healthy dessert with endless varieties and one more thing, for those who are interested, this is a vegan dessert. It is also probably the oldest vegan recipe!
[ History ]The origin of the dessert comes from a story of Noah’s Ark when Noah and his family rested on a mountain and celebrated their safe landing with a special dessert. Since their supplies were nearly exhausted, they used what was left, primarily grains, dried fruits, and nuts, and cooked them together to create a dessert porridge, which is now called Ashure.
It is very popular in Turkey where it is shared during the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, also known as the Day of Ashura, to commemorate Noah’s safe landing of the Ark. In the spirit of togetherness, neighbors and friends make Ashure for each other in large quantities as an offering of peace and love. Ashure was traditionally eaten during the colder months of the year as it is calorie rich, but now it is enjoyed all year round.
Although Ashure is popular all around the Middle East and enjoyed by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike, it has a special place in Turkish cuisine since Mount Ararat, the fabled landing site of Noah’s Ark, lies within Turkish borders.