@SteamLouis-- No, you don't have to include the rose water. But I do suggest adding some orange zest.
I'm Turkish and I think asure was the first dessert I ever had. My grandmother used to make it for us when we were children. We still make it now, at least once or twice a year. I remember once, my grandmother had made a huge pot of asure. She gave my brother and I spoons to taste it. When she came back to check on us fifteen minutes later, she was shocked to see that half of the pot was gone!
Asure is not only very delicious, it's extremely nutritious. It has complex carbohydrates (wheat berry), fiber and vitamins (dried fruits like figs, apricots and raisins) and protein (walnuts, chick peas, white peas). I also like putting fresh peach cubes. It's not just dessert, it's a complete meal.
I do believe that this was the meal that Noah and his companions made on the ark. I doubt they had sugar at that time though. They probably used honey and dry fruits as sweetener. But what a lovely meal God gave them and I'm happy that I've been eating it my whole life.