What do a Muslim wheat pudding, the Day of Ashura, and Passover have to do with each other?
By Vered Guttman, Haaretz
Here’s an odd choice for a Passover recipe: A Muslim wheat pudding.
The ashura pudding, cooked with honey and milk and served with raisins and nuts,is a dish popular in Egypt and many other Middle Eastern countries and is named after the holiday in which it is eaten – the day of Ashura.
But what do a wheat pudding, the Day of Ashura, and Passover have to do with each other?
According to my friend Amy Riolo, a cookbook writer specializing in Egyptian and Arab cuisines, Sunni Muslims are encouraged to fast on the Day of Ashura to thank God for saving Moses and the Israelites from Pharaoh.
Yes, the very same Moses and Pharaoh from our Passover story.
After the fast, families congregate for a communal meal where the ashura pu
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