Almojábana facts for kids
|Region or state||North of Chile and Argentina|
|Associated national cuisine||Chile, Argentina|
|Main ingredients||Corn flour, butter or margarine, eggs, cheese, sugar, leavening agent|
An almojábana is a small, bun-shaped bread having a tart flavor. It has some variations between Hispanic America and Spain
The etymology stems from Hispano-Arab and that in turn from classical Arabic المُجَبَّنة"almuǧábbana" (made of cheese) the measure II passive participle of the root ج-ب-ن, the same root as جُبْن "jubn" (Cheese).
In Puerto Rico almojábanas are small round-balls eaten in the northwest part of the island. They are made with rice flour or boiled mashed sweet plantains, or breadfruit, or cassava, mixed with flour, milk, butter, baking powder, salt, eggs, herbs, and stuffed with cheese. A sweet version is served on Christmas but eliminates herbs and cheese and instead adds sugar, sesame seeds, and served with a spiced syrup made from honey. They are rolled in cornmeal and fried.
The Almojában Festival is celebrated in Lares, Puerto Rico in October.
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