Vegan Tortas Fritas

These Fried Cakes/Pies as they translate to, are primarily popular in the South American Continent. Apparently they are to be enjoyed on a rainy afternoon with piping hot tea!! I have come upon articles on the web where the author talks about having these Vegan Tortas Fritas in a roadside shack in Bolivia. So these qualify as street food from South America for Day 2 week 2 of BM #37. :)

They are usually made with Lard (Animal fat), but I came upon this vegan version which I thought would work for us! They are typically served with some kind of jam/jelly but we had different ideas. :) I felt these resembled crispy Bhaturas. The rolled out dough is slashed in the center so that upon frying the discs don't puff out. 

Recipe Source - here
Ingredients - 

All Purpose Flour / Maida 1 cup
Baking Powder 3/4 tsp
Vegetable Oil 2 Tbsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Water to knead the dough
Vegetable Oil / Canola Oil for Deep Frying
Sugar for dusting as needed

Vegan Tortas Fritas

Method Of Preparation -

In a mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. Rub in the oil and gradually add water to knead into a soft dough.

Cover and set the dough aside for about 15 min.

Divide the dough into 8-9 equal portions. Roll each of the portion into a thick disc about 3-4 inches in diameter. Slash the center of the dough in an 'X' shape and set aside.

Cover the rolled out discs, while the oil is heated. The oil needs to be very hot else the fried bread will absorb more oil.

Once the oil is hot enough, gently slide the rolled out disc and let it cook for 40-50 seconds each side until both the sides are brown and crispy. Remove onto paper towels to drain excess oil.

Continue for the rest of the rolled discs.

Sprinkle powdered sugar while they are still hot.I sprinkled on some for my little one and left the others as is and enjoyed them like puris. :)

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 37.

Preparation Time Resting Time 15 min + Frying Time 20 min
Makes 8-9
Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, February 11, 2014


  1. Crispy and crunchy looking fritas.

  2. Akila Says:
  3. First thought it is Poori... Live these fritas

  4. Srivalli Says:
  5. Wow these look so much like our indian stuff!..I am sure kids would love it..

  6. very much like our malpuas...lovely recipe

  7. Priya Says:
  8. tortas i have heard them ,i guess its mexican right ?they look def awesome ...

  9. Fritas look crisp and I am sure those tasted great with sprinkled sugar.

  10. Pavani Says:
  11. Wow those look so crispy and delicious.

  12. Jayashree Says:
  13. These are so similar to our maida puris. Looks wonderful.

  14. They look like miniature bhaturas.

  15. never had fried tortas. sure they are good no matter what you eat them with

  16. Anonymous Says:
  17. Lovely crunch :) must be very yummy

  18. Looks really good! I like the idea of using it as poori :)

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