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Trahanas - the winter food

Paphos - Cyprus Tradition

Trahanas is a favorite Cypriot pasta and this soup is a favorite in Cyprus homes around the Island.

Trahanas is delicious and nutritious traditional food. Trahanas is a soup dish in sour milk. This traditional dish food is so popular in Cyprus.

The preparation of trachanas is complicated but the result is amazing. When cooked well, the mixture thickens, when formed into small oblong pieces spread out in the sun to dry. The dried pieces are stored and maintained for such long periods.

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Each time the housewife wants to cook soup trachana, takes a similar quantity stored dry pieces and put in water, which swell and open. Then bake in a fire, usually in a beef broth. While the soup is cooked, it may add little quantity of fresh milk. It can also be added halloumi, cut into small pieces and baked it into the soup. The trahana served warm, adding salt, pepper and lemon.

Trahanas is a traditional Greek and Cypriot dish that has passed from generation to generation. It is usually made in the villages which breed live stock.


When you find trachana just enjoy the taste. The main reason of being so popular is because it can be cooked so easy. Just add trachanas and water and boil. When Trahanas is boiled just as it is, it is served very hot with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Alternatively it may be boiled with fresh tomato and halloumi, which makes it much tastier and creamy.

Trahanas soup is a light, nutritious and a hearty dish, which makes it ideal for a light supper or after coming home at dawn after a night’s drinking out and having an upset stomach, or after recuperating from an illness.
You can buy trachanas at many Paphos villages and use it at the cold winter nights or when you are ill.

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