I am not a cook. I am no MasterChef or hidden chef. Pupusas are Salvadorean food. It is more of a street food in El Salvador but here, I consider it a delicacy as it is hard to find a Salvadorean restaurant selling pupusas in Sydney. I remembered when I was living in Brisbane, I would just go for mass every sunday in a latino church and I can have pupusas for lunch! Those were the days. Recently, I was having cravings for pupusas and unfortunately, Brisbane is not 2 hours drive from Sydney so I decided to make some.
I did my research on the internet. The internet is a good place to start and I found pupusas recipes (Thank you to all those people who post those life-saving recipes). So, I wrote down my list of ingredients required and went shopping. I bought all my ingredients but it would take me another 2 weeks to gather my courage to make them. They looked hard to make and I was sure I was set for failure. In the end, I turned to YouTube and watched videos after videos about making pupusas and trying to memorise what I saw.
Today is the day! I came back from work and made the dough. Being not a good cook, I was basically guessing as to whether what it meant by dough should not be too dry. I was surprised it took me only 15 minutes to get the dough ready. Whilst letting the dough rest, I made the tomato-based sauce. I prepared the cheese stuffing as well (I decided to keep it simple by making cheese pupusas). Following the videos, I divided the dough into balls and stuffed them with cheese. I flattened the balls and cooked them on the frying pan (even though everyone on the videos cooked the pupusas on a flat griddle pan or the flat part of the BBQ but it is too hard to go fire up the BBQ and make pupusas at the same time so I decided to cook the pupusas in a pan.
Once they are cooked, you serve them with picked cabbage (curtido) and tomato based sauce.
Verdict: I invited my Salvadorean friend to try them and he says that it looks like what you would get at the pupuserias in El Salvador. I guess he likes them. I am rather surprised how quick you can make pupusas and eat them. I was expecting to polish them off 3 hours later or so but it only took me an hour to make and cook the pupusas. I was starving so it took me 15 minutes to polish off 3 pupusas. I guess they are ok. I will make them again