Cracked Wheat in Tomato Sauce (Trahana)

Trahana is cracked wheat which has been soaked in milk and then dried in the sun on your rooftop. There are two types of trahana: sweet, and sour. Sour milk is used for the sour trahana. As Mamá is from an island where sweet trahana is made, I use sweet trahana in this recipe.

Put in a pot:
1/2 cup olive oil
1 onion, grated
4 tomatoes, grated (1 – 1.5 lb tomatoes, about 2 cups of puree)
Sauté for 5-10 minutes
Add 4 cups water
Bring to boil and add 1 cup trahana
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Boil for 40 minutes.

(If you make this with regular cracked wheat, it will of course be entirely vegan. I haven’t tried that, so I don’t know how it would be.)


  1. Comment by Vasiliki Marlowe

    I would like to make the trahana noodle. Does anyone have a recipe.
    Sweet and sour.

  2. Comment by Lulu

    Hi Vasiliki! Are you saying that you’d like to make the trahana itself? You would like to start with the cracked wheat, soak it in milk, and then dry it? If so, join the club! :-)

  3. Comment by Fotini

    Here is one way of making Trahanah

    1 1/2 cups whole milk, warmed
    1 1/2 cups yogurt
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    1 1/4 pounds cracked bulgur wheat
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup semolina
    13 eggs, slightly beaten
    1/2 tablespoons gray salt** and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    Combine in a large bowl, the milk, yogurt, and lemon. Cover it and let stand overnight to sour. Next day, in large pot mix the bulgur, flour, and semolina in a bowl and blend in the soured milk-yogurt mixture and eggs. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon. Season with salt and pepper. Let sit for 20 minutes. Place large spoonfuls of the mixture on a baking sheet and place in an oven preheated to 150 degrees and let dry for 8 hours. When dry, place in a food processor and pulse to break into pebbles. Store in jars in a dry cool place. Use like rice and pasta and in soups. **Gray salt is a raw, wet salt that can be found at gourmet shops. To use gray salt, lay it out on a sheet pan and dry it out in a 350 degree oven and then grind it.

  4. Comment by Lulu

    Fotini, thank you! I will try this!

  5. Comment by Walid

    We make something similar from cracked wheat (Burghoul)and yogurt .We mix or knee them together adding some salt. Leave them to rise great them by the tow palms ,then dry them on the roof for the winter. Mill them some times.
    Kishk is the Name.
    It use to be the food of the poor now it is a fancy food to order with ready Cooked AWARMA which is meat or beef cooked in sheep fat.The one in the sack of the sheep’s end.

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