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Armenian Traditional Christmas Recipe - Anushabur or Anushapur

Updated on December 30, 2015

Christmas Dish - Anushabur

Anushabur is a dessert, which always has to be on Christmas or/and New Year's Eve Table. It is said that Armenian people are making Anushabur to honour the Story Of Noah's Ark, because this dish represents the origins of nation. The Armenians believe that they are the descendants of Noah himself.

As we all know Noah's Ark has landed on the mountain Ararat. One of Noah's sons settled down on the valley in front of the mountain. The valley was and is a part of Armenia even now. So Armenians claim that their nation comes directly from him.

Cook Time

Prep time: 12 hours
Cook time: 5 hours
Ready in: 17 hours
Yields: 6-10 portions

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  • 1 kg husked wheat
  • 750 gr sugar
  • 400 gr pruns
  • 350 dried apricot
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup sesame
  • 1.5 cup Almond
  • one pomegranate, optional


  • Serve the dessert either in a large bowl or in many small bowls.
  • Before serving , garnish for the last time with the rest almond, sesame and pine nuts


  1. Soak the wheat for 12 hours within water.
  2. Replace the water and boil the wheat at a very low temperature for at least 4-5 hours, until it "opens".
  3. In meantime roast separately in the oven the almonds, the pine nuts and sesame seeds.
  4. Crush the almonds and cut into small pieces prunes and apricots.
  5. Half an hour before removing the wheat from the heat, add sugar and stir it well. Add the raisins, prunes and apricots.
  6. Once Anushabur is ready let it cool down for a half hour before serving.


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      Aga 4 years ago

      It looks like something I would definitely like :-)

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank for the interesting information on the Armenian people and their food.