National Dish of El Salvador – Pupusa

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National Dish of El Salvador – Pupusa


For the Curtido
head cabbage (shredded) ½
carrot (grated) 1 large
apple cider vinegar ½ cup
medium yellow onion (thinly sliced) ½
water ¼ cup
brown sugar ½ tsp.
red pepper flakes 1 tsp.
dried oregano 1 tsp.
salt ½ tsp.
For the Pupusas
masa harina / corn flour 2 cups
grated mozzarella / Monterey jack cheese 1 cup
warm water 1 ½ cups
Vegetable oil

A Pupusa is a thick fried tortilla that is stuffed with a hearty filling of cheese, meat or refried beans. This popular El Salvadorian dish was first prepared by the Pipil tribes who were the country’s first native peoples. Pupusas are traditionally eaten with a cabbage relish called Curtido.

Directions for Preparing Pupusa

 For the Curtido

  1. Prepare the curtido by first tossing the cabbage, onions, and carrot together in a bowl.
  2. Mix the apple cider vinegar, water, brown sugar, salt, oregano, and red pepper flakes altogether.
  3. Pour this over the cabbage mixture and mix well.
  4. Refrigerate in a covered dish for at least a day until serving.

For the Pupusas

  1. Knead together the flour, salt, and water to form a smooth moist dough adding additional water or flour gradually if needed.
  2. Work into a ball, cover the bowl and let it rest for ten (0:10) minutes.
  3. Oil the hands and divide the dough into eight pieces.
  4. Form eight balls, each about two inches in diameter.
  5. Make an indentation in each ball, by pressing in with the thumb to make a small cup.
  6. Spoon one tablespoon of grated cheese into the indentation and seal the dough shut.
  7. Flatten the ball into a thick tortilla about ¼ inch thick.
  8. Heat a little vegetable oil and fry the pupusas for three (0:03) minutes on each side. Serve the hot pupusas with a generous serving of curtido.

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