Trahaná or trahanás is the ultimate Greek comfort food. It is made with flour and yogurt in the fall months, then covered with clean sheets and dried and preserved as a light pasta for the winter months. There are many variations, sour, sweet or mixed with veggies.
Agrozimi, a third-generation Greek pasta maker, makes different kinds of trahaná but we decided to bring to the US the most traditional type, the sour trahaná. Being a company that respects tradition, Agrozimi makes this trahaná with the finest soft wheat flour and yogurt from cultured, pasteurized, whole milk. The dough is naturally air-dried (no forced air ovens here!) and then passed through a sieve by hand, giving it a distinctive texture and flavor.
When I was a child, my grandmother used to prepare trahaná for breakfast on the very cold winter days or for a light supper. It was also our standard meal when we had a cold or were sick at home, as it's a light, nutritious, healthy meal. My kids love it too, especially my one son. It's his go-to, easy college dinner and I have to think of special deliveries for him now that he is studying abroad.
The other day I had the urge for trahaná because of the polar vortex we had here in Cincinnati, but I wanted to spice it up to feel even warmer. So I added a few spoonfuls of Elli & Manos Flaming Red Pepper Greek Flavor Burst and what a treat it was, I SO recommend it! Here's the quick and easy recipe, give it a try!
1 cup Agrozimi Trahaná
salt to taste
Put 5 cups of water and 1 cup of trahaná in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil.
Lower the heat to medium and continue boiling for approximately 7-10 minutes. The trahaná is ready when the mixture has a thick consistency and the pasta is cooked (some like it more or less "al dente" - depending on your taste, you can add more water if needed and boil a little longer).
Remove from the heat and add 3-4 tbsp of Elli & Manos' Flaming Red Pepper. Mix well and top off with a generous drizzle of Tragano olive oil; add salt if you still need it or for an even hotter flavor, add more Flaming Red Pepper.
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