Dried yoghurt and wheat

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Dried yoghurt and wheat

Postby Celia » Wed May 26, 2010 5:23 pm

When I was last at our local Lebanese bakery, I saw plastic bags of dried yoghurt and wheat - apparently a breakfast staple. The surly shop owner told me it was cooked like a porridge. Does anyone know what this might be called, or how it's cooked? I'd never seen anything like it and was fascinated, but I couldn't get any more information out of the grumpy proprietor! :)

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Re: Dried yoghurt and wheat

Postby Daniel Rogov » Wed May 26, 2010 6:22 pm

Celia, Hi...

I first encountered this mixture in Turkey where it is known as tarhana or tarkhina. Later I found it in Greece and eventually in Israel, Lebanon and Egypt. The mixture is also popular in Iraq, Iran and the Gulf Emirates. Humorous as it may sound the combination is probably the only true culinary contribution of Albania where seems to have originated in the 7th or 8th century.

I've tasted it dry (I taste almost all mixed ingredients in their dry form) and find it a lovely street-snack and will sometimes purchase a small bag when in the shuk in Tel Aviv. For some reason have never brought it home, probably in the belief that its varioius preparations are best done by the Arab and Bedouin cooks of the area.

You'll find some information on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarhana

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Re: Dried yoghurt and wheat

Postby Celia » Wed May 26, 2010 6:59 pm

Rogov, I knew you'd know. :) Thank you! I'll try and pick up a bag and have a play...
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Re: Dried yoghurt and wheat

Postby Celia » Thu May 27, 2010 3:03 am

Rogov, I asked when I picked up a bag today, and the Lebanese call it "Kishk". Similar to the tarhana you mention, but much more finely ground. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashk

Now to figure out what to do with it.. :)
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Re: Dried yoghurt and wheat

Postby Daniel Rogov » Thu May 27, 2010 5:54 am

Celia, Hi.....

A lesson in how real-life politics, social tradition and religion intertwine in all subjects, even in every day living, in the Middle East. In Lebanon Maronite Christians and Shi'ite Moslems call it kishkwhile Sunni Moslems and Bedouins use the term tarhana and, in some cases even tarchana (with the hard ch). One of the reasons I often refer to our region as "Disneyland Middle-East"

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Re: Dried yoghurt and wheat

Postby Celia » Thu May 27, 2010 8:26 am

Rogov, thanks! Now...can you or anyone else tell me how to cook it please? :)
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Re: Dried yoghurt and wheat

Postby Daniel Rogov » Thu May 27, 2010 9:32 am

Celia wrote:Rogov, thanks! Now...can you or anyone else tell me how to cook it please? :)



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