Pupusa – Thick Corn Tortilla

Posted December 16th, 2010 in Food No Comments »

Pupusa –  a traditional Salvadoran dish made of maize flour dough, seemed to be really easy to make.  I watched my friends preparing the dish few times now.  There seem to be many varieties in the fillings, but I want to write down the recipe of this El Salvador food that she makes for her husband everyday.

Her ingredients are very simple – zucchini, onion, garlic and Mozzarella cheese.  You just need to chop up all, season with salt and coat with dough which is made of maize flour and water.

You can buy the maize flour at oriental grocery shops.  Just mix with water until it comes together.

<Pupusa with zucchini>

  • maize flour (masa harina flour)
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese
  1. Chop up (or grate) zucchini and onion.  Mince the garlic.  
  2. Place them in a mixing bowl.  Add salt and squeeze out the excess liquid.
  3. Add the Mozzarella cheese, and mix through.
  4. In another mixing bowl, mix the maize flour and water to achieve the dough-like consistency (not too firm, not too soft) – about 1 cup flour + 2~3 tbs water.  
to make:
  1. Place about 1/2 handful of dough on your palm.  Roll into a ball and flatten between the palms of your hands to about 1/2-inch thick. 
  2. Put a spoonful of fillings into the center of each pupusa. Bring it upwards to close it. Flatten again with the filling inside. 
  3. Lightly grease a frying pan with oil, and heat over medium-high heat.  Drop 1 tbs of margarine, and spread to coat the bottom of the pan.
  4. Grill pupusa both side until colored.


Serve immediately!  Hot and crispy pupusa is the best.  Tomato salsa is the typical condiment to pupusa, but you can enjoy it with pesto or chutney – whatever you feel like. 🙂


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