Mustafa’s Iraqi Turshana (Dried Fruit Compote)

Recipe origin
Iraq Iraq
Prep time
15 minutes
Cooking time
30 minutes
Recipe by Mustafa Allawi
Mustafa Allawi
The recipe
Mustafa’s Iraqi Turshana (Dried Fruit Compote)
Mustafa’s Iraqi Turshana (Dried Fruit Compote)
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried prunes
1 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup sugar
1 strip of lemon rind
2 whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
Jug of water
Follow these steps
Step 1

In a medium saucepan, place 1 cup of dried prunes, 1 cup dried apricots, and 1 cup golden raisins. Add water just to cover the fruits. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 2

Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 strip of lemon rind, 2 whole cloves and 1/4 teaspoon allspice. Stir and add a little water if necessary.

Step 3

Return heat, reduce heat and simmer gently, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until fruit has softened and syrup is thick.

Step 4

Remove lemon rind and cloves.

Cook some rice on the side.

Step 5

Chill several hours before serving with rice on the side, garnished with roasted almonds if desired.