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

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

Moustalevria originated in ancient Greece where it was known under the name oinouta (Greek: οινούτα). 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 differs from place to place. P.e., it is also known as kefteria[2] in Crete, kourkouta[1] in Samos, palouzes[3] in Cyprus and mustopita[4][5] in other regions.


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.


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


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