Moustalevria

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Mustalevria
Alternative names Mustopita, Palouzes, Kefteria, Kourkouta
Type Pudding
Place of origin Greece
Main ingredients Grape must, flour

Mustalevria (Greek: μουσταλευριά) is a traditional Greek kind of pudding made of grape must mixed with flour and boiled until thick.

Historical information and names[edit]

Moustalevria originated in ancient Greece where it was known under the name oinouta (Greek: οινούτα).[dubious ] During the Byzantine era it was called mustopita (Greek: μουστόπιτα) or pastellos (Greek: πάστελλος).[1] Nowadays except from its standard name, moustalevria has alternative names that differ from place to place. E.g., it is also known as kefteria[2] in Crete, kourkouta[1] in Samos, palouzes[3] in Cyprus and mustopita[4][5] in other regions.

Preparation[edit]

In order to produce mustalevria grape must (the juice from pressed grapes before fermentation and is often used as a sweetener in traditional bread recipes, as well as in the preparation of desserts and candy) is boiled in low fire. Then a small amount of argil is added in order to clean the must.[3][6] After the boil, ingredients like flour, sugar, semolina, petimezi, sesame, vanilla, almonds, walnuts etc are included.[3][4] Mustalevria is a favorite, especially popular at grape harvest season when the must is fresh.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kafiri, Simoni (4 September 2014). "Κλασική μουσταλευριά". protothema.gr (in Greek). Proto Thema. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  2. ^ Zacharioudakis, Fanourios (6 October 2015). "Κεφτέρια ή αλλιώς Μουσταλευριά". cretanmagazine.gr (in Greek). Cretan Magazine. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ππαλουζές". foodmuseum.cs.ucy.ac.cy (in Greek). Cyprus Food Virtual Museum. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Γ. Μπαμπινιώτη(2005), Λεξικό της Νέας Ελληνικής Γλώσσας, Athens, 2005, p. 1129.
  5. ^ "Χριστουγεννιάτικη Σιατιστινή Κουζίνα". siatistanews.gr (in Greek). Siatista News. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Palouzes / Sioutzoukos". letymbou.org. Community Council of Letymbou. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Γ. Μπαμπινιώτης (Babiniotis), Λεξικό της Νέας Ελληνικής Γλώσσας, Athens, 2005.