September 12 is International Arepa Day 🤩 So we thought it was perfect timing to give them a try. All our Venezuelan and Colombian friends always said it is very easy to make them. Being our first try, we have to say it really was! And most important, they were yummm ✅
Did you know?
Arepa is a type of food made of ground maize dough 🌽 originating from the northern region of South America and is notable primarily in the cuisines of Colombia and Venezuela, but also present in the cuisines of Bolivia and other countries.
You’ll be surprised to know that arepas are made simply out of water, cornmeal and salt. That’s it!! The fillings may vary depending on who’s eating them, but in its original form they are gluten-free and vegan.
If you haven’t and dare to try making them, here's the recipe.
How to prepare the dough
You'll need: 2 1/2 cups of water, 2 cups of PAN flour, 1 teaspoon salt - Makes 10 Arepas.
Pour water into a container. Add the salt and the corn meal gradually.
Knead until a smooth dough is formed and let rest for 5 minutes.
How to prepare the Arepa
Separate dough into 10 portions. Take one portion in your hands and shape it into a ball, then press it with your palms to form a large patty shape of about 10cm in diameter.
Place onto a griddle or frying pan over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
Open the arepa and fill it to taste.
Please leave us a comment and let us know how you go! If you're an Arepa Master, we'd love to hear your advice or tips, or please share your favourite fillings and alternative ways to cook them.