Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Anoushabour (Անուշապուր) Recipe! [+Video]

Hello dear blog babies! I am excited to feature a recipe for a vegan-by-default Armenian dessert: anoushabour (անուշապուր)!

Anoushabour is essentially a sweet barley-based "soup," with a consistency similar to rice pudding. It's always a staple during the holidays since it is meant to bring good fortune & prosperity. Here is the recipe for those interested in trying it out, and the video is at the bottom!

What you need:
-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 make it: rinse the barley very well, 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 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
-Add rose water, cook for another 5 minutes, and then turn off heat
-Transfer to a bowl (or bowls) and let it cool completely
-Sprinkle on cinnamon with nuts OR pomegranates!

Enjoy! And you can see it all in action here:
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