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Basic Arepas Recipe


Veg  HT  ACC  Venezuelan  35mins

Makes 8     Hot   Vegetarian   Accompaniment   Bread  Gluten Wheat Dairy Free   Eggless   Sth America   South American   Venezuela

600ml/20fl.oz. Warm Water
teasp Salt
450g/1lb Masa Harina Flour
Oil for shallow frying



1. Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas Mark 6.

2. Place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and gradually add the warm water, mixing to form a stiff dough. Leave to stand for 5 minutes.

3. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes then form into 8 balls. Flatten with the palm of your hand so they measure about 7.5cm/3-inches in diameter and are about 18mm/-inch thick.

4. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan, add the arepas and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until crisp and golden, turning 3 or four times.

5. Remove them from the pan and drain on kitchen paper then transfer to a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Serving suggestions

Serve the arepas warm as an accompaniment with soup or main courses such as stews.

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