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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

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