How to Make Asure / Ashure (Noah’s Ark Pudding) - With Facts & Significance to the Turkish Culture
The sharing of aşure symbolizes the true meaning of friendship and unity among people with different cultures and beliefs.
Isn’t it amazing how a single serving of a dessert or simple dish can give so much meaning to the world?
Indeed, it is. And what makes it even more wonderful is to see people sharing the same values of friendship and solidarity regardless of their differences in culture, religion, geographical location, etc. through a common practice in which their tradition holds so dearly. Yes - that’s exactly the message that the observance of making aşure in Turkey gives to its people all throughout the passing years.
What is Aşure?
To those who had the chance to live or visit Turkey (and its neighboring Middle Eastern countries), you may probably already guess what this dessert is all about. Yet to those who are still wondering, let me humbly introduce to you what aşure is and what makes it so important to the Turkish people.
Aşure (pronounced "ah-shu-reh" in Turkish) is a traditional Turkish dessert made from about 7-15 different varieties of grains, nuts, and fruits mixed together to form a porridge-like pudding. The word “aşure” is derived from the Hebrew word “asor” which means “the tenth” or more literally as “the tenth day” as the Aşure Günü (which means “Day of Aşure” in Turkish) usually falls on the tenth day of Muharram - the first sacred month of the year in the Islamic calendar. On this month (and especially on the Aşure Günü), preparations of this traditional dessert are being made in huge amounts in order to share individual servings of it with families, friends and neighbors. This is a common practice traditionaly observed by most people in Turkey and to some of its neigboring Middle Eastern countries.
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