Aşure (aka Noah’s Ark Pudding) is a classic Turkish dessert made with wheat, chickpeas, white beans, sugar, dried figs, dried apricots, raisins, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and pomegranate seeds. My friend Zeynep and her father raved about it to me recently, so when I saw it in the dessert case at Hünkar, I pounced on the opportunity to try it (maybe not the best way to follow a huge meal–it seems like a full meal itself–but definitely an interesting culinary experience). Legend has it that after Noah’s Ark landed on Mt. Ararat, he and his companions made a celebratory feast with everything left on the vessel. The result was Aşure, a dessert that is widely available in Istanbul but was once made exclusively after Eid-al-Adha (Kurban Bayrami in Turkish; the Feast of Sacrifice). In fact, the month following the Feast is called Aşure.

2016-01-07T14:38:17+00:00 March 20th, 2009|Categories: Gastronomic Traditions, Istanbul, Sweets & Dessert, Turkish Cuisine|4 Comments


  1. Sally Watkins March 20, 2009 at 3:15 am - Reply

    Hmmm…you don’t say how you liked it, I notice…

  2. […] even deeper appreciation for local sweets. There are so many kinds, from the traditional (baklava, asure, güllaç) to the new imports (tiramisù, cheesecake, carrot cake), from the flaky to the milky, […]

  3. Katie March 21, 2009 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Haha yeah the jury is still out on that. I had an enormous meal before eating the aşure and felt too full to really enjoy it. Im open minded though and will definitely try it again. Maybe today…

  4. Şekerci Cafer Erol, Kadıköy April 11, 2009 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    […] my deep affection for local sweets has intensified. There are so many kinds, from the traditional (aşure, güllaç) to the new imports (tiramisù, cheesecake), from the flaky (baklava, havuç dilimli) to […]

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