A.K.A Noah's ark pudding is a cornucopia of healthy ingredients like dried fruits, legumes and whole grain wheat that are sweetened with sugar and fruit juices and cooked all together in one pot. This pudding traditionally contains apricots, raisins, currants, figs, pine nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, chick peas and navy beans to name just a few ingredients.
Some cooks even add chestnuts, lima beans, bulgur wheat and slivers of fresh coconut. Almost anything goes.
How To Make Noah's Ark Pudding
There is no set recipe for making Noah's ark pudding. There are hundreds, if not thousands of variations. You can use the recipe below as a guide.
You can adapt the ingredients and according to your taste or what you have on hand. Classic versions of 'aşure' use rose water to flavor the pudding.
I like to add the zest of an orange and a lemon in place of the rose water for a citrusy flavor. Many cooks prefer the pudding plain with no added flavoring.
However you choose to prepare it, be ready to share your Noah's ark pudding with your neighbors, too. This recipe will make enough to fill a large pot.
• 3 cups uncooked whole grain wheat or barley
• 1 ½ cups canned chick peas, rinsed and drained
• 1 ½ cups canned navy beans, rinsed and drained
• ¼ cup uncooked rice
• 3 tbsp. dried currants
• 3 tbsp. pine nuts
• 8 dried apricots, cut in chunks
• 8 dried figs, cut in chunks
• 3 cups sugar
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• zest of 1 orange (optional)
• zest of 1 lemon (optional)
• 2 tbsp. rose water (optional)
Prep Time: 60 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 120 minutes
1. The night before, put the wheat or barley in a large pot and cover it with plenty of water. Bring it to a boil, cover and reduce the heat. Allow it boil gently for about ten minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the grain to cool and soak overnight.
2. The next morning, the grain should have absorbed most, if not all the liquid. Add the chick peas, beans, rice, dried fruits, sugar and optional rose water or orange and lemon zest.
3. Add more water to just cover the ingredients, if needed. Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir the mixture gently with a wooden spoon as it cooks until it thickens. Remove it from the heat and fill dessert bowls or a large serving bowl with the pudding.
4. Once it cools down and sets, cover and refrigerate it for several hours. Before serving, garnish the pudding with fresh pomegranite seeds, pine nuts, finely chopped dried fruits and ground nuts.
5. Some prefer their pudding more watery, some prefer it stiffer. If you prefer a stiffer pudding, add a teaspoon or two of powdered gelatin while the mixture cooks. This will give you a firmer pudding once it cools down.
And there you go! Delicious Aşure pudding every time, Enjoy!
…. Who will you share it with?