Tarhonya is mentioned already in 16th-century handwritten Hungarian cookbooks. It is a simple product, being made of water, wheat flour, and whole eggs, which are formed into barley-sized "grains" either by hand, cutting, or grating, making it similar in appearance to a large couscous. The grains are dried and stored, and can be roasted and then boiled before being used in different dishes. They are served with meat or vegetable stews, egg dishes, roasted poultry, fried sausages, or in salads. In Hungary, tarhonya is fried in butter or lard before boiling.