Is the cake that we Albanians cook the oldest in the world?
Although chickpeas and beans do not fall into the category of sweets, they are the main ingredients of one of the oldest desserts in the world, and even those who have tried it, say that it is even the most delicious in the world.
Believe it or not, this dessert is called ashure.
According to Islamic tradition, ashura - often referred to as 'Noah's Pudding' - was prepared as a festive dish by the Prophet's family after surviving the great flood and being left isolated on the mountain with almost nothing. Legend has it that the cake was created with about 12 grains of various dried fruits, nuts and legumes. It was created by combining any ingredients that were still left in the crate.
The dish is sweet, rich in values and fruity. When prepared hot it is liquid. However, when cooled, it freezes like gelatin. Like the ashura that is cooked in Albania.
In addition to the crown as the oldest cake in the world, known so far, it also has a spiritual value for Turkey, from the legend.
Ashura means '10' in Arabic and refers to the tenth day of the month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. The cake is baked at home during that week and distributed to friends, symbolizing the spread of love and abundance.
While there are countless recipes for this dessert, common ingredients include chickpeas, beans, whole grains, nuts and fruits.