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Flour, water and salt are the secret ingredients to see a good dish of reviro be born. The controversy lies in the seasoning of the country in which it is going to be done. It's just that, on one side of the ring, we have the team from the province of Misiones and, on the other, Paraguay. However, the reality is that a large border area with Brazil and other regions of northeastern Argentina award this recipe as their own.
Every good missionary knew the taste of this food during his childhood , perhaps before learning to speak. Its consumption is varied and for all tastes. It can be the replacement of bread in the mornings, half-mornings, or, at lunches. Also, you should choose between sweet or salty options, although the latter is the best known. On its texture, it is a fried mass crumbled into small tostones. And what about its taste ? It resembles a churro or Moroccan donuts!
As for its origin , theories about it are varied. The first narrates that it is an adaptation of a Spanish preparation from the Galicia area, called enfariñadas, faragullos or migados. The second says that it arose out of necessity at the time of the mensus, that they were rural workers who were paid monthly. As the pay was low and food was scarce, the only ingredients at hand were flour and fat. So, they decided to mix them in a pot and the result seemed to them a caloric product that helped them in their arduous days.
And finally, we have the story of a mother afflicted for not being able to feed her children. Legend has it that she cried while stirring flour in the fire and her tears contributed to the formation of a dough .
600 g common flour 000 or 0000
A tablespoon of salt
Water (whatever you need)
Margarine, oil or fat for frying
Mix flour, salt and water, while adding a heaped spoonful of the chosen component for sautéing in the stove. Then, join the ingredients until a rather soft (unagglutinated) mass is obtained. Form a bun.
In a saucepan, put to heat oil and, when warm, throw the dough inside. As the bottom is browned, turn it over and with a wooden spoon go knocking slowly until it breaks into pieces. This way, the rest is cooking.
Once small buns are formed, leave them for a while longer on the fire until they are all cooked. From there, direct to the dish to sweeten it, salt it or accompany it with whatever you like. There are those who accompany it with fried egg and even minced meat.
Candelaria is a department of Misiones that pays tribute to the reviro, nothing more and nothing less than with a contest. There, the community , who does not necessarily have to be kitchen professionals, is invited to participate preparing their own version. Those who have competed unanimously agree that their motivation to do so was the emotional burden surrounding the recipe.
It is that, for the vast majority, its elaboration is marked by dyes of identity and nostalgia for childhood. It is part of their story, where they come from and they are interested in continuing to transmit it. Fortunately, cultural practices are to be resigned and reworked. This is no sign that the dish is better in missionary or Paraguayan lands. They're different. Each subject will put their mark and contribute a grain of sand to the gastronomy and rituals of their native place .
Publication Date: 28/07/2020
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