Bourbara mix

Bourbara mix

Elbabour's special fine mixes for sweets are traditional mixes from Nazareth and the Galilee. Each mix has a singular family touch that gives each sweet a distinctive taste.
500 gr wheat
200 gr wallnuts
100 gr pine nuts
200 gr raisings
100 gr sesame seeds
200 gr almonds
100 gr Mezreh candies
100 gr Anis grains
100 gr spice blend
Price: 35.00
100% purity and natural quality without any preservatives or other added subtances

Elbabour kit for Sweet Bourbara Dish

For the Christian Nazarenes, Bourbara is very important: It`s a dish with a story, integral to local culture and custom, and connected with ancient tradition.

Bourbara is a sweet wheat dish with raisins named after Saint Barbara. It is served twenty-one days before Christmas on Santa Barbara day, a holy day for Christians. They attend Mass at church, and celebrate in the evening with the entire family.

How do you prepare a Bourbara dish? Not without the Elbabour kit!

Bourbara is a sweet dish, based on cooked wheat. While cooking the wheat, we add a whole anis (a member of the apiaceae plant family), and a special spice that includes anis and ground fennel. Let the whole mixture boil, pour it into a big bowl and put it in the middle of the festive table.

Small saucers surround the bowl. They contain side dishes to sweeten and enrich the dish. The side dishes include ground nuts, blanched almonds cut in half, raisins, pine nuts, roasted sesame, small colored candies, fennel candies, dried fig slices, sliced apricot and crumbled pomegranate kernels. So who is this Barbara who is commemorated on this special day and in the sweet Burbara, that became an integral part of this holy day?

This is the story:

Barbara was a beautiful princess, born around 300 AD. Her father Dioscorus was a member of an aristocratic family. He believed in idols and despised Christianity. Barbara`s beauty enchanted everyone, especially men who couldn`t stop staring at her. To protect her from suitors, her father built a large, impressive palace, surrounded by high walls, and placed guards at the gates. Barbara grew up to be a wise and sensitive young woman, inquisitive and curious. She was exposed to Christianity by a Christian servant who served in the palace, and within the religion, she found answers to all the questions that bothered her.

With her growing interest in Christianity and her servant`s recommendation, Barbara met with a great Christian teacher by the name of Origanus. Barbara deepened her knowledge, and after being baptized and eating the sacramental bread, she decided to dedicate herself to Jesus and turned to Christianity. Her father couldn`t stand this news and decided to imprison her in a high tower. She was not allowed out, she was given no food, only water. But being the special woman she was, Barbara survived through the kindness of birds who brought her wheat grains through the openings of the tower.

Her father resolved to kill his rebellious daughter, sending her to the king for one last chance to reverse her devotion to Christianity. Barbara refused. She was beaten and tortured, but these attempts to make her change her mind failed, and her bruises healed by the next day. At the end of this day, the king decided to execute her since at the time, the rituals of Christianity were forbidden. Her father asked to carry out the sentence himself and be the one to decapitate his own daughter. Barbara became a martyr in the Christian religion, and the 4th of December became her holy day.  

Eating Bourbara`s dish in honor of the Senuniye celebration

The Burbara dish is very appropriate to Wintertime when it is eaten, warming up the body for Winter. Nazarenes also prepare the dish to celebrate the emergence of a baby’s first tooth. For this celebration, the dish is called "Senuniye”.

By bringing the Bourbara spice kit into your kitchen, you bring culinary variety, Nazarene history and culture into your home.