Noah’s Pudding (Ashura) Celebration at Leeds Metropolitan University

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Dr Ismail Mesut Sezgin

Research Assistant in Religion and Society, Regent's Park College

Education Dialogue Charity offered Ashura (Noah’s Pudding) at Postgraduate Research Society Lunch in Leeds Metropolitan University on 28th January, Thursday. During that lunch, a get-together activity for post-graduate students, Ashura was offered as the dessert. Our project manager, Ismail Sezgin introduced and presented a brief description and information of how this pudding is cooked and where it comes from.

He also mentioned the significance of what Ashura symbolises for such a gathering of people from very diverse cultures and backgrounds. Ashura symbolises the mixture of people from different cultures, understanding and identities all bringing their own flavour to the atmosphere without losing their own characteristics.

What is “Ashura”?

Ashura, also called as Noah’s pudding, is one of the oldest and most traditional desserts of Turkish Cuisine. 15 or more ingredients go into it while preparing “asure”. It is usually made and served during the religious month called “Ashura month” which follows the “fest of sacrifice”. During “Ashura month” the pudding is prepared in large amounts almost in every household, and offered for guests as well as sent over to relatives and to the neighbours. There is a legend about the origin of this desert. It goes like this: “ When Noach’s ark came to rest on Mount Ararat in northeastern Turkey, they felt that a feast of celebration was called for. But their supplies were exhausted. However, they hunted through the ark and every little bit of food they could find, they put into the pudding and make themselves a splendid feast of Asure.

This information is retrieved from Asure