Modern Manna Recipe Ashura (Ashoora) Wheat Pudding

The Ashura pudding is a traditional dish on the Muslim Day of Ashura in Egypt.

From Amy Riolo’s Dining With Diplomats blog.

Wheat berries are whole wheat kernels, and can be purchased at Middle Eastern, kosher and health food stores.

4 Servings


1 cup whole wheat berries (whole wheat kernels), rinsed

1/2 cup sugar or honey, or to taste

1 cup warm milk

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Handful of raisins

1 teaspoon roasted peanuts, unsalted, chopped

1 teaspoon slivered almonds

1 teaspoon walnuts, chopped

1 teaspoon dried coconut



1.  Eight hours or the night before serving, place whole grain in a large thermos and cover with boiling water. The next morning, the wheat will be puffed and tender. 

2.  In a medium bowl, combine sugar or honey, milk, and corn starch together.  Place cornstarch mixture and milk mixture in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir to combine. Increase heat to high and boil, stirring, for 2 minutes.  Reduce heat to low, and cook until pudding has thickened. Taste, and adjust sugar, if necessary. 

3.  Stir in raisins and distribute into 4 dessert bowls.

4.  Mix peanuts, almonds, walnuts, and coconut together and sprinkle on top of pudding.  Serve warm.

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