Thursday, January 3, 2019

Anooshaboor/Anoushabour/Armenian Christmas Pudding

                                      Happy New Year Wishes to You All

Am kick starting this year with a sweet note, and this healthy and delicious pudding is from Armenia which is also known as Armenian Christmas Pudding aka Anoush Abour/Anooshaboor. Anoushabour means Sweet soup in Armenian. This dish is a must in every new year's and christmas tables in Armenia for many centuries. This Armenian pudding is a delightful pudding which calls for pearled wheat berries or pearled barley. However if you dont get pearled wheat berries you can replace them very well with white wheat berries and pearled barley. Traditionally a couple of dry fruits like apricots,raisins and almonds are usually used for making this pudding more fruity and nutty. And not to forget that this pudding is flavored with cinnamon powder and sweetened with honey.

Armenian Christmas Pudding, Anoushabour

Though the cooking process might be bit lengthy, this pudding one of the delicious pudding with loads of flavor.Am kick starting this year's first week's blogging marathon with cook for any festival as theme. And January is a month of festivals as well, Armenians celebrates Christmas on January 6th and Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th well and not to forget that Indian festivals like Pongal/Lohri and Sankranthi falls on January. Obviously i have picked three festivals for this theme. For the first day of this week's theme, i couldnt stop myself posting this Traditional Armenian Christmas Pudding which is a must for Armenian peoples to celebrate the Christmas.

Armenian Wheat Berries Pudding, Armenian Anoush Abour

1/2cup White wheat berries
4cups Water
1/4cup Honey or sugar
1cup Dry fruits (raisins, apricots,prunes)
1/4cup Almonds (chopped)
Pomegranate seeds (as per need)
1/2tsp Rose water
Cinnamon powder (as per need)

Soak the white wheat berries with enough water and keep aside.

Drain the water, take 4 cups of water in a large pot and cook the wheat berries in medium flame until the wheat berries gets well cooked.(can add more water if needed).

Armenian Christmas Pudding, Anoush Abour

Now add the honey, rose water and cook until the water gets well absorbed .

Add half of the dry fruits to the cooked wheat berries. Give a mix.

While serving, drop enough pudding in a bowl, top it with chopped almonds, remaining dry fruits, pomegranate seeds and cinnamon powder.

Serve warm.

Anooshaboor, Anoush Abour



Suma Gandlur said... Reply To This Comment

Wish you a happy and healthy new year too. That is one beautiful looking healthy bowl of wheat soup. A great recipe to start the new year with.

Varada's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

A very colorful and delicious start to the new year. All the ingredients are so nutritious! This would be perfect through the whole year.

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

That sure is a healthy and beautiful pudding , perfect one to start your first post for the new year . The pudding looks very bright and colourful !
And yes a very Happy New Year to you as well Priya !

Pavani said... Reply To This Comment

Happy New Year to you and your family Priya.
That is such an interesting pudding with wheat berries. I think I’ll love the little bite the grains give to this dish. Good one.

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

Very interesting read on Armenian Christmas. The pudding is so colourful and a perfect start to the new year. With wheat berries this is also such a healthy treat.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said... Reply To This Comment

Happy New year to you and your family Priya! That is one bowl of goodness and I can totally eat this for breakfast with reduced sweetness. Love the texture of the wheat berries.

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! That is such a unique dessert to start the new year with. The ingredients definitely are all healthy and inviting.

Srividhya said... Reply To This Comment

Great recipe to start the new year. Great read about the Jan celebs in other countries. Simply love it.

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

That's a fantastic new recipe and culture to know Priya, thanks for sharing..

Swati said... Reply To This Comment

Happy New Year!! Beautiful,colorful and nutritious pudding!!Very nice share for the first post of the year..Good read on Armenian Christmas!!

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

This is very similar to Koliva from Greece/Romanian cuisine I made a few years ago with wheat berries. Would love to try this version with barley.

Padmajha said... Reply To This Comment

Such a nice and colorful way to start the New Year! Looks delicious Priya.

veena said... Reply To This Comment

That is such a colourful pudding.Looks so good Priya