Armenian Sweet Pudding/Անուշապուր

Անուշապուր (anoushabour), which directly translates to sweet soup, is a delicious pudding that is associated with good fortune and prosperity. For that reason, it is most commonly served around the holidays, namely New Year and Armenian Christmas.

 

Tip: Make sure to have a kettle of hot water on hand, as you may need to add more as you cook!

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup pearl barley

-7 cups of water (+1-2 more if needed)

-1/2 cup dried apricots, cut in half

-1/4 raisins (golden is best, sultan can work too!)

-2 TBSP rose water

-1 cup sugar

-Cinnamon (for topping)

-Pomegranate seeds (for topping)

Directions:

  • The night before you plan on making it: rinse the barley well and add it to a pot with 7 cups of water. Bring to a boil, remove all foam, turn off heat, leave the lid on and let it soak all night

  • Morning of: keep a kettle full of hot water handy in case you need to add more
  • Bring the barley to a boil again. Once it does, remove any foam and reduce the heat to medium
  • Cook for about 50 minutes, making sure to stir occasionally
  • Cut your dried apricots in half & soak the dried fruits for 10 minutes
  • Drain them and add them to the pot, add more water if necessary
  • Boil for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Add sugar and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring more often
  • Turn off heat, and add rose water
  • Transfer to a bowl (or bowls) and let it cool completely
  • Sprinkle on cinnamon with nuts OR pomegranates

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