Together with our marinated grilled tofu and a creamy vegan sauce, these Vegan Arepas will gain a place in your heart immediately.
Maize tortillas constitute a staple of Latin American cuisine. You will find tortillas in different shapes, colors, and flavors, as there are more than twelve thousand types of corn.
In the South (Colombia and Venezuela), people call these corn shapes Arepas. From Panama and up to Mexico, we call them tortillas.
Arepas are the sandwiches of South America, as you can eat them with whatever filling you think makes a great combination.
We both share a love for Arepas. Joaquin tried them for the first time, thanks to his Colombian roommates back in Buenos Aires.
Me, well, I am from Panama where we, not only have our version made out of yellow corn (called Tortillas de Maiz) but, given our countries’ proximity, have been exposed to both Venezuelan and Colombian Arepas.
We have eaten them in both ways, and they are equally delicious. When it comes to arepas, they will welcome whatever stuffing you can think of, but this combination is magnificent!
Corn is a good source of many vitamins and minerals, and carb, specially for people with gluten intolerance. Popcorn tends to be higher in minerals, while sweet corn tends to be higher in vitamins.
Your Ingredients for the Vegan Arepas
- Grill or Skillet
- 2 cups pre-cooked white maize flour corn meal
- 2 ½ cups water
- 1 teaspoon fine salt
- Creamy Vegan Sauce
- Marinated Grilled Tofu
- 1 bunch arugula
- ½ red onion sautéed
- 1 pinch red chilly if you like it spicy
- Mix all the ingredients and knead for 2 minutes.
- Divide the dough into four balls and flatten them with your hands until you get discs of about three inches. Shape the discs, so they resemble a flying saucer, pressing more on the edges and less on your palm’s souls.
- Cook them on a grill on medium heat for five minutes on each side.
- Meanwhile cut the red onions and sauté with one teaspoon of cooking oil and optionally adding the remaining juice of the grilled tofu marinade (should have some ginger, garlic, and soy sauce).
- When the arepas are ready, cut them carefully on one side, without cutting them all the way through, and stuff them with the sauce, the sautéed onions, arugula, and tofu chunks.