Described as one of the oldest dessert in the world, Ashura is a traditional Turkish recipe, which is vegan and can easily be made gluten free using gluten free grains such as oat, amaranth, quinoa or buckwheat.
With plenty of nutritious ingredients such as hazelnuts, high in vitamin E, dried apricots and raisins high in potassium, it is perfect as a rich dessert but also for a energetic breakfast or snack.
FRUCOM’s version of Ashura
-80 g whole wheat berries, husked
-40 g rice
-80 g white beans, boiled
-80 g chickpeas, boiled
-60 g whole hazelnuts, roasted
-50 g dried apricots, cubed
-50 g raisins
-1 tablespoon rose water
-Zest of 1 orange
-A pinch of salt
-1 tablespoon hazelnuts, roasted
-1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
Place wheat in a pot. Cover with water (about three times the wheat volume) and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, and then cook at lower heat for 3 hours, stirring occasionally, until the wheat is tender. Let stand overnight.
Add some 1 glass of apple juice to the wheat and continue cooking until thick. Add rice, white beans, chickpeas, hazelnuts, orange zest, apricots and raisins. Continue simmering, adding apple juice if needed to avoid sticking, until rice is cooked. Simmer until thick. Stir in rose water. Remove from heat. Spoon into individual serving bowls. Let cool. Top every bowl with cinnamon, hazelnuts and pomegranate seeds before serving.