It is said that when the Flood subsided, Noah created aşure by using up all the stores of grains and dried fruit in the Ark. Following tradition, it is always made in vast quantities and distributed to neighbours, friends and relatives. In parts of Anatolia aşure is made with bulgur or döğme, a recycled wheat flour made from soaked grains that have been pounded and dried, and barley is used in Istanbul. To make beyaz aşure, a white version, the water is replaced by milk. Although easy to make, aşure requires some advance preparation.
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