When are you savoring your first cup of coffee in the morning, here in US,do you ever wonder what people in other part of the world might be having for their breakfast?
I often think of home back in India where morning starts with cup of tea.If i am not rushed up,i let my mind wander to my mom’s kitchen and then i am very hungry :-).
As I am on virtual tour of Latin America,i found out that in Columbia ,they sip their Colombian Coffee/hot cocoa with Arepas De Queso in the morning.I came to know about Arepas through the neighboring country of Venezuela,one of the most popular food there.It varies in thickness between these two countries.This is what i found out about Arepas.
- Areaps are Cornemal cakes.However,cornmeal used for Arepas are NOT SAME as masa harina,which is used to make corn tortilla.Flour for masa harina is made by grinding raw corn kernels wheras the flour for Arepas are made from cooked corn.BIG DIFFERENCE.I found P.A.N brand of flour(recommended) in International/Ethnic aisle of our local grocery store.
- Arepas can be hollowed out,like pita bread and filled with the meat of your choice.Our favorite is grilled chicken with coconut curry sauce.
- It looks like English muffin.You can slice it in half and add the butter /cheese/eggs for breakfast.Add meat to turn it into meal.
- Arepa by itself is bland,for me anyway,so you do need fillings of some sort.
- It absorbs water very quickly.Since it is thick,it does need longer heat time to cook slowly.The way you know it is time to flip,if it moves without sticking to the surface and is slightly brown.You can brown it in cast iron skillet and finish cooking in oven.I just cooked it at stove top.
- If it is done,if it sounds hollow when you tap on it.
- It must be eaten HOT.It gets tough and chewy as it cools.Not good.I saved some for next day and simply microwaved it.My family preferred the chicken filled Arepas over cheese filled !
- It is gluten free in itself and is really easy to make.I fully employed my two kids !
You can follow the simple recipe steps at this site.I had watched it on Food Network earlier.
When i think of countries like Columbia and Venezuela,i think of hardship of people.Without visiting the political territory of the country, I pray that the gospel brings peace there.