Tracking down Granitos from Humacao, Puerto Rico

If there is one thing we love, it is solving (or attempting to solve, as the case may be) enigmatic food mysteries from around the world. Among the most elusive foods we have learned about recently is the granito, a canoe-shaped Puerto Rican rice flour fritura, stuffed with cheese. As far as we can tell, granitos are found only in the town of Humacao, on the Eastern coast of the island. The preparation is fairly simple and requires few ingredients, which are then eventually fried up into a finished product. Check out Granitos in production in Humacao, or this Granito sideshow from Slow Food Puerto Rico. RecipeLink has a simple-sounding recipe, which we may soon try. However, a RecipeLink poster has stated that the previous recipe is actually for almojabanas, a sibling of granitos. Other posters have commented that almojabanas are not a fair substitute (text in Spanish) and true granitos are stuffed with cheese, and don’t have cheese incorporated throughout.

Slow Food PR has some information about how granitos came to be, as told by one Mrs. Bartolo Rodriguez. Apparently, the original recipe for granitos was inherited by her father, Mr. Rodriguez, from Don Vicente Vazquez  in the sixties. It was Mr. Rodriguez who came up with the signature canoe shape, and it was his daughter, Mrs. Bartolo Rodriguez, who added the cube of cheese to the center of the granito.  On the site they are also referred to as “granos,” Spanish for “grains,” no doubt where the rice-shaped granitos or “little grains” earned their name. You can read the complete story in Spanish on the Slow Food page. Origin nonwithstanding, I still haven’t been able to find an approved recipe for granitos. So can anyone find describe a true recipe for these enigmatic snacks?

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5 responses to “Tracking down Granitos from Humacao, Puerto Rico

  1. Cindy Santiago

    I have been looking for the recipe for granitos for days now and I found this one. It’s the closest to what I remember eating, except for the cheese they use. When I lived in Naguabo and worked in Humacao, I would leave early every day just to go buy these in the plaza. http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1937307

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  3. Julimar

    Has anyone made this recipe? Im interested in trying it!

  4. Yes, that recipe is good. I should know because it is mine. 🙂
    The recipe in the link above actually is a ‘reworded copy’ of MY own ORIGINAL recipe that was first published here: http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62219365/granitos/detail.aspx
    For the complete recipe please go to the original source.
    It is no surprise but always annoying to see how people will copy and paste someone else’s work and publish it as their own, instead of referencing where they got it from.

  5. Ely Molina

    Hi I live very close to them, the people that make the granitos, and here is the video of them in the process of making the granitos & her talking out the recipe, so if u understand spanish u can write down step by step her instructions, it’s in youtube titled “Crujientes… así son los granos”
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    There u have the link,. Hope it helps. 🙂

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