Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Harina-what?

A couple of days ago I met a Venezuelan couple in the street and they asked me if I knew where they could find ‘Harina-PAN’...
Harina PAN package. 

If you are not Venezuelan or Colombian you might be thinking... ‘What the hell harina-pan is?’

Harina stands for flour and PAN stand for ‘Producto Alimenticio Nacional’ or national foodstuff. Is corn based flour widely used in Venezuela to make ‘Arepas’ (toasted bread alike), ‘Hallacas’ (tamales alike) and bollos (again... tamales alike)... Colombians used it as well but the same purpose (ish).

FreshCO Fruit Market in Hornsby.
This product can be found in FreshCO Fruit Markets, in NSW; or in Woolworth in the city. If you want to try one Arepa and you have found ‘Mazeca’, ‘Harina PAN’, ‘Mazarepa’ or similar corn based flour, here is the recipe of how to make Arepas.

Ingredients

  • One (1) cup of corn flour (Harina PAN).
  • Half (1/2) tea spoon of salt. Or three good pinches
  • One (1) to one and half (1 ½) cups of water.
  • Anything as stuffing... Meat, Cheese, chicken, whatever.


Cook
Take one cup of water and put it in a bowl with your salt and mix it up. Then start powdering the flour into the bowl trying to get it really smooth.

One all the flour has absorbed all the water (around 5 minutes later the mixing process) you can check the consistency; must be soft yet firm enough to make dough balls in your hands (half tennis balls size). If the dough is too hard and crumbles, needs more water.

Flatten it with your hand, trying to get something round of 1 cm of thickness and then put it in a pan with a little bit a butter (... veeeery little, is not meant to be fried) and cook it using low flames... It might take around 10 minutes to be cooked.

You need every own and then to take it with your hands, hitting it gently. If it makes a drum alike sound (like hollow inside) is ready, otherwise need more time in the pan.

Once is ready, split it open by the edges and put whatever you want inside... A really common stuffing is cheese with some butter.

An arepa stuffed with cheese should look like this
Yummy isn't? 
Enjoy it

=)

3 Comments:

elguaraira.wordpress.com said...

Sorry that was my old account with blogger, this is the newer one.

Daniela Bustillo said...

Seriously, where can you buy it? I live in Borneo and want to order it in Australia. Can you help? It seems that "Latin.Perth" doesn't exist anymore. Thanks Daniela

Rod said...

Hi Daniela, nowadays is pretty easy to find harina pan in Sydney as colombians and other latin americans eat it as well. I'm not certain if there is a website where you could purchase it, but I am willing to go to the market and ship it to you if you want. (it might be expensive from here though).

If you want, look me up on twitter and we will continue this conversation privately :) (my user is rodrigoelp)

Cheers!

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