Ravani of Galaxidi
A different version of ravani...

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Ravani of Galaxidi

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Ingredients

1½ kilo of rice
2 kilos of sugar
1 vaniline
¾ of cup olive oil
water
  • Medium

Ingredients

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Ravani of Galaxidi

A different version of ravani…

 

Ravani is the traditional festive sweet of Galaxidi. It is a very special recipe which contains rice or rice flour. Galaxidi is a beautiful small city and is famous for its seamanship. Its cuisine has influences from West and East.

The ravani has an unbelievable crisp caramel crust, almonds, and has powdered sugar or cinnamon on top. During the feasts and the fasting periods, it is a primary dish in the family banquets. In previous years, the housewives put the ravani in big round baking pans and baked it in wood ovens. They cut the ravani into pieces and sprinkled each piece with almonds. The sailors took it with them on the ships because it can be kept for a long time outside the fridge. The gastronomy of Galaxidi impresses because of its grace and its relish.γαλαξίδι

You can feel the saltiness of the sea and the cool refreshing air when you take a walk on the coast of Galaxidi. Walking in the alleys above the seaside, you can see the sea that appears and disappears between the mansions.

At the beginning of the 19th century, the shipowners of Galaxidi had shipping offices in all the known harbors of that season. The seafarers communicated their new ideas and influences from abroad returning to Galaxidi, and applied them in their homes, cooking, on their savoir vivre and savoir faire. The mansions and the folk houses had acquired traditional Greek standards over time because of the imported neoclassicism. The captain-houses that have survived to date, have many common features with the houses in Andros, Hydra, Spetses. They are spacious, two-storey and their interior is decorated with objects that the captains bought on their journeys in Europe.

My friend Chrysoula Papalexi of Ganimede hotel, is very hospitable and offers a full breakfast at her hotel.

Chrysoula has prepared the ravani for us.Χρυσούλα Παπαλέξη

Ravani of Galaxidi

From Chrysoula Papalexi, Ganimede Hotel, Galaxidiραβανί γαλαξιδιώτικο

 

Steps

1
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Wash the rice, dry it and mince it into the rice mill or blender.

2
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We measure the rice in glasses and we add as much as double the dose of water.

3
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Mix the rice with sugar and vaniline.

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In a pot add the water and the olive oil to warm up. When the water is lukewarm, we add the rice mixture.

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We stir continuously with a wooden spoon to avoid sticking.

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Once it starts to boil we lower the fire. Continue to stir until it thickens completely.

7
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The mixture will be ready when it can be unsoldered from the pot walls.

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We brush with olive oil a No. 38 baking pan,  then we pour the rice and spread it with an oiled spoon.

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Cut it into pieces like the baklava and put a clove or almond on each piece.

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30 ' and 30-45 'on upper&lower heat

Bake in a well preheated oven at 180° C for 30 minutes on lower heat and more 30-45 minutes on upper and lower heat depending on the oven.

11
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The ravani is ready when it detouches from the edges of the baking pan.

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Finally, if we wish we may sprinkle with cinnamon or powdered sugar.

Sissy N.

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