Photo: Karry Hosford
6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

Also known as asure, this unique Turkish dessert is made with barley, legumes, dried fruits, and nuts. Traditional folklore holds that Noah gathered all of the remaining foodstuffs to make this sweet pudding when he and his family left the ark. Today it is customary to share the dish with others.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place the barley and rice in a medium bowl, and cover with water to 2 inches above barley mixture. Cover and soak overnight. Drain.

Step 2

Place barley mixture, 4 cups water, and salt in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes. Remove from heat, and drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 2 1/4 cups cooking liquid.

Step 3

Place 1 1/2 cups barley mixture and 1/4 cup reserved liquid in a food processor; process 2 minutes. Return pureed mixture to saucepan; add remaining barley mixture, remaining 2 cups reserved liquid, sugar, and next 5 ingredients (sugar through figs), stirring to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 30 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in rose water, and sprinkle with nuts and pomegranate seeds.

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