Tarhana is a Turkish soup made from a flour-based powder mix. This powder mix is prepared by mixing flour with yogurt, vegetables, spices and fermenting the mixture before drying and grinding. The Central Asian Turks in the old times used this method to prepare a ready instant mix in the summer for a hearty winter soup. Things are much easier now as you can buy the Tarhana mix from Mediterranean grocery store.
- 1/2 cup Tarhana mix (we got ours from Tulumba.com, see product details here)
- 5-6 cups water or chicken stock
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- A few pieces of bread for homemade croutons
Add olive oil to a large pot. Slowly pour water and stir in the Tarhana mix. Keep stirring so the powder does not form clumps. Set the pot on low heat and let it simmer for 45 minutes or an hour, stirring frequently until you get a thick, homogeneous mixture. Prepare croutons by slowly roasting small pieces of bread with a little butter in a pan.
Serve hot with homemade croutons.