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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Cypriot trahana (tarhana) or cracked wheat soup recipe

Trahana or tarhana is a traditional Cypriot winter village soup. The trahana is by made form crushed wheat mixed with goats milk  (which has been left to sour for eight days) lemon juice and yoghurt. After cooling, the mixture is shaped into cigar shaped biscuits which are sun dried to for preservation. 

The following recipe is enough for 4-6 servings.

Ingredients: a litre of chicken stock, 200g of diced hellim or halloumi, 400g or trahana, a little olive oil for frying, lemon juice to taste and salt and pepper to taste.

1. Soak the trahana in cold water for 45 minutes
2. Drain the trahana and add to the chicken stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 40 minutes
3. Fry the diced hellim
4. Add the hellim to the soup just before serving
5. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

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