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Trahana Soup!

Updated on March 11, 2014
Trahana Soup!
Trahana Soup! | Source

What is Trahana?

Trahana is a soup which is very popular in Greece and Cyprus. This dish is very nutritious and is usually served as a light meal. Thus, it has been found to be very beneficial for stomach disturbances as well as when recovering from an illness.

It originally was created out of the need to preserve food for times when there was none available. So it was prepared during the summer months in order to be consumed during the winter. Throughout the years, trahana became a very popular soup and is now a food product found in the homes of most Greeks and Cypriots around the world.

Trahana is made of bulgur wheat; a wheat similar to cous cous. In Greece there are two different variations of trahana. One is rather sweet due to being made with milk, and the second, being the most famous, is sour as it is made with yogurt or sour milk. In Cyprus however, it is more likely to only find sour trahana as this is the only type of trahana which is produced by the island.

How is trahana made?

As you can see from the image above, trahana comes into pieces. These pieces are made of a dried mixture of bulgur wheat and either yogurt or milk. The type of milk usually used is goat’s milk. Therefore, the bulgur wheat and yogurt or milk is also mixed with flour, salt and a particular type of herb. Then it is shaped up and left to dry. Bear in mind that although trahana is dried, milk proteins are preserved.

Thus, there are two different ways to form trahana pieces. One way is by shaping the pieces prior to drying. The other way is to form one large disk of trahana and, when dried, break the disk into several smaller pieces.

This is a video I came across, presenting how trahana is made!

Dry trahana pieces!
Dry trahana pieces! | Source

How to store trahana

Trahana could be stored in a dry place. However, it can be preserved for longer when kept in the fridge; especially if the packaging has been opened.

How is trahana served?

A few pieces of trahana are boiled in water, while a few additional spices are added, in order to form a delicious thick soup which is both light as well as nutritious. In Cyprus, the traditional way of making trahana is by adding pieces of halloumi cheese in the soup.

Trahana soup!
Trahana soup! | Source

Cypriot Trahana Soup Recipe!

In the following I will be showing you how trahana soup is made in Cyprus.

I hope you enjoy it!


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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves up to 4-5 people depending on portions

Ingredients

  • 6-8 pieces Sour trahana, (250g overall)
  • 750ml Water
  • 150g Halloumi, (pieces)
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Ground white pepper
  • 1 ½ Vegetable stock cubes, (chicken stock cubes may also be used)
  • ½ Lemon

*Note*

How to tell whether trahana has been fully cooked!

The soup is ready when the bulgur wheat becomes soft.

In addition, you will also notice that most of the water will be absorbed by the trahana while cooking.

Instructions

  1. In a pot add the water and vegetable stock cubes, followed by the trahana.
  2. Place the pot on the heat (gas mark 5).
  3. Then stir in the salt and white pepper.
  4. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat (gas mark 3) and stir thoroughly for approximately 15.
  5. Add in the halloumi pieces and continue to stir for another 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the soup from the heat and allow it to rest for 5 minutes prior to serving.

Please rate my recipe!

5 stars from 3 ratings of Trahana Soup

Serving Instructions

  • Place the desired portion in a bowl.
  • Add a teaspoon of pure lemon juice and a pinch of white pepper.
  • * If you like you could also add a few croutons in the dish *

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 125g
Calories 42
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 8 g3%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 12 g24%
Cholesterol 50 mg17%
Sodium 250 mg10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Author's note

There are various ways of making Trahana Soup. Therefore this is my own personal recipe for this dish. It has not been copied from a cook book or any other source.

Any unauthorized reprint is prohibited unless you have my permission to do so. For details contact me at cachilleos9@gmail.com.

© 2013 All Rights Reserved – Chris Achilleos

© 2013 Chris Achilleos

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      Dil Vil 3 years ago from India

      This looks delicious, thanks for the same.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I like reading your recipes, because they are so different from what I am used to. I also like hearing the background behind this food. Very fascinating.

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      Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Delicious and easy to cook recipe, Chris! It is definitely one of my favorite winter soups although I do keep my recipe plain as I usually add only some milk and feta cheese. Your recipe looks also interesting so I will give it a try next time.

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      Chris Achilleos 3 years ago

      Thank you My Cook Book :)

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      Chris Achilleos 3 years ago

      Hi Kathryn,

      Thank you for your kind comments. I am so happy that you like the recipes that I have posted so far. I wanted to give the background of my dishes as I thought that there would be many who don't know them. It's nice to know that this is appreciated!

      I hope you have a wonderful day,

      Chris

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      Chris Achilleos 3 years ago

      Thank you very much Elia! Yes, trahana is the best soup to have during the winter. I have never tried it with milk and feta but, i must admit that it does sound really good.

      Take care,

      Chris

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      This looks like a comforting homemade soup. I've recently ate some Greek food and it was delicious. I'm excited to try out recipes like this that I don't usually cook, thanks for sharing your recipe!

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      Chris Achilleos 3 years ago

      Thanks Nadyn! I hope you get a chance to try this soup, it really is delicious. It's nice to know that you enjoy Greek cuisine, I will be sharing more of my recipes soon!

      Have a lovely day,

      Chris

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      This is new to me - the first time I've heard of it. I like it.

      The only greek food I've had is Hummus.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Chris Achilleos 3 years ago

      Hi Lady E, Thanks for your comments I am glad you liked my hub!

      I don't think that Hummus is Greek in origin though, it is Arabic :) Maybe you have tried Tahi? Tahi is Greek and it is similar to hummus!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A very interesting recipe but unfortunately trahana is not available here. I certainly would love to try this recipe.

      Voted up and interesting and rated 5 stars.

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      Chris Achilleos 2 years ago

      Well if you ever would like to try trahana soup, you may be able to get it through ebay!

      Thanks for the votes Rajan :)

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