Revani |

Revani is a tasty semolina dessert in Turkish cuisine and it must be included in the recipes of my blog, but I want to tell a bit about our vacation first. You might be disappointed when you see we didn’t have food pictures during our vacation. I must admit that I just didn’t feel like taking photos of anything as I wanted to live the moment and leave everything bad we had experienced for the last few weeks behind (including the days at hospital). The photos below were taken by hubby. We didn’t want to travel much, so we went to a holiday resort in Gumuldur, Izmir. We fell in love with the place as soon as we passed the entrance when we saw the greenness and heard joyful bird sounds. It was so peaceful that we felt relaxed even at that moment. It was another great surprise for us to see that rooms were placed in a small forest of pine trees and flowers. It makes you feel that you are in real nature, which we were hungry for. I don’t know why but I’ve realized that people need to be in nature to forget negative feelings and have a new start. Maybe it’s like a rebirth, that’s why.

Sleeping in such a room placed in a heavenly area was fantastic, but waking up was more impressive. Scent of pine trees and sounds of  birds and grasshoppers coming from pine trees in the morning make you open your eyes easily. You never feel reluctant to wake up here.

Knowing that you will have a great breakfast under pine trees feeling the breeze from sea is another impulsion that makes you get up quickly. I wish I had a picture of the whole breakfast, but I’ve given my excuse above.

After getting enough energy at breakfast, we were ready to go to the beach, waiting for us at the end of this greenness. No need to mention how blue and clean the sea was. From pure green to pure blue might be a summary of this place.

As we don’t like sunbathing, we turned back to our room when we got tired. In front of our room was a hammock among trees. Would you prefer lying under sun or in this hammock facing the sky and tree branches?

And we had our routine after dinner walk on this path and on the beach watching the beautiful sunset.

As this is a food blog, now let me share a recipe of another Turkish dessert called revani, which I made some months ago. I don’t have any idea what it means, so I can’t translate it. I know there was a Turkish poet with the name of Revani years ago, but I’m not sure if there is a connection between him and this yummy semolina dessert.


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A cake soaked into lemon flavored syrup.
Serves: 8
  • For cake:
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup sunflower oil
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1tbsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbp grated lemon zest
  • For syrup:
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ lemon
  1. Start with preparing syrup. Put water and sugar in a pot and bring it to boil.
  2. Let it boil for about 5 minutes, then put half of a lemon in it. You don’t need to squeeze it. This is to make the syrup a bit thick. You will also give a fresh zest flavor to your dessert in this way. Boil it for about 3 minutes and let it rest.
  3. Preheat the oven at 180C.
  4. Beat eggs and sugar well.
  5. Add yogurt and oil and mix.
  6. Then put the other ingredients and mix them all.
  7. Oil a small oven tray (I used a square one) and pour the batter in it.
  8. Bake it until golden brown.
  9. Take it from oven and pour the syrup cold on this cake. It’s important that the syrup is cold enough. If it’s still hot and if you pour it on the cake, your cake gets doughy.
  10. When the cake absorbs most of the syrup, you can sprinkle ground pistachio on it before serving.


  1. says

    It sounds like you had a beautiful, relaxing trip. Just perfect in my book. And this cake looks wonderful. I love the green pistachios sprinkled on top. It adds such nice color and a lovely crunch. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jason's BBQ Adventures says

    Great looking dessert. Pistachios are a wonderful thing.

  3. says

    Lovely place to be in. Love your revani. I love all desserts that has lemon in it…..mmmm…love the smell.

  4. says

    What a wonderful place!!
    The revani looks so delicious. We have the same dessert in Lebanon under the name of namoura.

  5. says

    Great place, so nice to know you have a chance to relax and enjoy this place for some days after your husband got sick. Nothing beat nature to restore the weary soul.

    I want to make this cake but is 1 cup of semolina and 3 tbsp. of flour enough? Will the batter be on the liquid side at the time of placing in the baking pan. Place let me know.


  6. says

    Lisa- It was definitely perfect! I mean our vacation. Revani was yummy too.

    Evan- I think pistachios can match with all kind of dessert. It balances sweetness.

    Monet- I loved its color too. And pistachios on such desserts halp you eat more :)

    MaryMoh- Yes, it was a perfect place for relaxing. Lemon and pistachio balance sweetness.

    Cherine- We have a lot of recipes in comon, don’t we?

    Mely- This break helped us get better. Thank you!

    1 cup of semolina (about 200g) and 3 tbsp flour was enough for me. It’s thick but not as thick as regular cake batter. Hope this is helpful and you love it when you try.

  7. says

    Jason- Thank you! Pistachios always make a dessert more tempting with its color and flavor.

  8. says

    Well pistachio is my favorite anything not sure which I am more jealous of this gorgeous cake or your fabulous vacation! I love them both :)

  9. says

    Your pictures are gorgeous! I’m glad you had a lovely vacation, Zerrin. The cake looks so moist and delicious! Love the pistachio on top too.

  10. says

    Ne güzel bir yerde tatil geçirmişsiniz. O taraflara senede iki kere gitmemize rağmen Gümüldür’e uğramak kısmet olmadı… İnşallah ben de gidip görürüm, çok beğendim.
    Revani de muhteşem görünüyor, artık pek yiyemesemde çok sevdiğim bir tatlıdır. Fotoğrafı da o kadar iştah açıcı duruyor ki, bayıldım…

  11. says

    The Revani looks so moist and the chopped pistachios on top are wonderful.

    Love the sunset photo, one of my favorite times of the day, especially on the coastal areas.

    Bon appetit,

  12. says

    Your vacation looks like it was heavenly. I love revani but haven’t had it since I was in Greece. It’s such a delicious, totally Mediterranean dish.

  13. says

    You have pistachios on the cake and none in the ingredients?

    What a beautiful post about the effects of nature upon one’s soul. Yes, man is meant to live amongst a natural environment. It feeds our souls… what have we done? This looks like paradise to me and how fortunate you were to get away from the concrete jungle and breath in fresh air between the extreme and gorgeous green and blue.

  14. says

    Oooh Zerrin!!

    This sounds like a great & lovely get away!
    thanks for sharing these lovely pictures & that revani cake looks quite fab too!

  15. OysterCulture says

    You and your hubby really needed a break and I hope you came back feeling much better and rested. Just looking at the lovely place you stayed seems relaxing.

    This dessert, revani sounds incredible and I cannot wait to make it for myself. What a delicious sweet to try.

  16. Zeinab says

    nice vacation you had.

    I think every place in turkey is incredible.

    yummy sweet and I like it very much.

    Thanks alot

  17. Dandoon says

    Yum! The desert is meditreanian and in the Arab region known as Besboosa. It’s yummier hot than cold (both ways its delicious).

  18. Donna Ivy says

    Your photos or the resort in Gulmuldur looked so lovely, I am trying to find it on internet. there are several places, could you tell me the name of the one in which you stayed. Of course I was looking for a revani recipe first! thank you!

    • says

      Donna, we stayed at Denizatı holiday village and I highly recommend them. The rooms in the nature, sea, swimming pool and service were wonderful! I’m sure you will be pleased there!

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