Embark on a culinary journey through the heart of El Salvador with "Riguas," a cherished dish deeply rooted in the country's gastronomic heritage. Join us as we delve into the rich tapestry of flavors and history behind this beloved traditional food. Discover the secrets of preparing Riguas, delicious corn-based delights infused with a blend of indigenous and Spanish influences. From its humble origins to its present-day significance in Salvadoran cuisine, uncover the cultural significance of Riguas and its place as a staple in local celebrations and everyday meals. Immerse yourself in the sights, smells, and tastes of El Salvador as we celebrate the culinary craftsmanship and community spirit embodied in every bite of Riguas.


  • 2 cups masa harina (corn flour)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup grated cheese (queso fresco or any melting cheese like mozzarella)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil (for frying) or banana leaves (for grilling)


1- In a large mixing bowl, combine the masa harina, water, milk, grated cheese, melted butter, and salt. Mix well until you have a smooth, thick dough.

2- Divide the dough into equal portions and shape them into thick patties, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.

3- If frying:

- Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

- Carefully place the Riguas patties in the hot oil, leaving enough space between them to prevent overcrowding.

- Fry the Riguas for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.

- Remove from the oil and place on paper towels to drain excess oil.

4- If grilling:

- If using banana leaves, cut them into squares large enough to wrap each Riguas patty.

- Place each Riguas patty on a square of banana leaf and fold the leaf over to enclose the patty completely.

- Heat a grill or grill pan over medium heat.

- Grill the Riguas for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and slightly charred.

5- Serve hot.

- Serve the Riguas hot, either on their own or accompanied by traditional Salvadoran curtido (a cabbage slaw) and salsa roja (red salsa). Enjoy the delicious flavors of El Salvador!

Nutritional Values;

Masa harina (corn flour) - 1 cup:

  • Calories: 400
  • Total Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 84g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 8g


  • Excellent source of carbohydrates for energy
  • Contains fiber, which aids digestion and promotes satiety

Milk - 1 cup (whole milk):

  • Calories: 150
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Protein: 8g


  • Good source of calcium, essential for strong bones and teeth
  • Provides protein for muscle growth and repair
  • Contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, vitamin A, and potassium

Cheese (queso fresco or mozzarella) - 1 cup grated:

  • Calories: 320-400 (depending on the type of cheese)
  • Total Fat: 20-30g
  • Carbohydrates: 0-5g
  • Protein: 20-30g


  • High in calcium and phosphorus, which are important for bone health
  • Good source of protein for muscle building and repair
  • Provides essential vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B12, and riboflavin

Butter - 1/4 cup:

  • Calories: 400
  • Total Fat: 44g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 0g


  • Rich source of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin K
  • Contains healthy fatty acids, including conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which may have various health benefits
  • Adds flavor and richness to dishes

Salt - 1 teaspoon:

  • Calories: 0
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 0g


  • Essential for maintaining proper fluid balance in the body
  • Helps regulate blood pressure and nerve function
  • Enhances the flavor of foods when used in moderation

Please note that these values are approximate and may vary based on factors such as brand, specific type of ingredient used, and variations in preparation methods. Additionally, the nutritional values for the final dish will depend on factors such as portion size and any additional ingredients or toppings used.


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