Monday, 10 October 2016

Day of Ashura

Ashura - a customary dessert served on the 10th day of the holy month of Muharram
In Turkey, it is also known as Noah's Pudding to commemorate the prophet's ark safe landing.

There is no one specific recipe for this porridge.
Every culture has their on take on preparing the dish.
I believe each family has their own recipe that was passed down through generations.
My grandmother cooked hers with a hodgepodge of fruits, pulses, root vegetables allsorts
I must admit, I wasn't a fan
Still, I would always look back to those times with fondness

Here's my take on the sweet porridge...
perhaps, I could start a new family tradition


1/4 cup quinoa
1/4 cup red kidney beans
1/4 cup black eye beans
1/4 cup borlotti beans
1/4 cup canned sweet corn
1/4 cup sultanas
1/4 cup dried apricot, diced
4 tbsp sugar
a drop of rose water
toasted almond

Place the beans in a bowl and soak overnight in plenty of water.
Simmer the bean in water until tender.
Meanwhile, boil the quinoa in water for about 20 minutes
until softened and transparent.
Add the quinoa to the cooked beans; add more water if necessary.
Add sweet corn, dried fruits, sugar and rose water and simmer gently for about 2 minutes.
Leave to cool.

To serve, sprinkle some toasted almond

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