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Sweet Tarkhana (Targhana) – Grape Juice Pudding

The Grape Juice Pudding’ recipe is from the 'Treasured Armenian Recipes', published by the Detroit Women’s Chapter of the AGBU (Armenian General Benevolent Union, Inc.).
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Dessert


  • 4 cups grape juice
  • 1 cup water
  • cups barley (or dzedzadz)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice


  • Wash barley and drain. Place barley in a pot with the 1 cup water and soak it for a few minutes. Add the grape juice and bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 1 ½ hours, stirring now and then.
  • Stir in the sugar and butter and beat for a few minutes. Add the spices and nuts.
  • Pour into individual bowls. Serve warm or cold.


The recipe in the cookbook mentioned adding butter along with the sugar, however, neither butter nor its amount were included in the ingredient list. Therefore, I took a guess at the butter amount which seemed to work nicely when Brenda made the recipe.
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