though it looks like an empanada, the panara is actually a cousin of the fried lumpia. it’s a traditional simbang gabi fare here in pampanga, best paired with puto lason (yes, you read that right. that’s what we call our white puto).

unlike regular lumpia though which has a mix of different vegetables, the panara only has shredded papaya with seafood — either shrimp or crab or both. (i read that, in the visayas, upo is the preferred vegetable.) then it has loads of black pepper in it. the vegetable and seafood mixture is cooked first, then it is enveloped in rice wrappers, then fried. the result is a crunchy and spicy fried vegetable empanada (i don’t know how “panara” came to be, maybe a contraction of “empanada”).

this got me thinking…which of these i like best: empanada, panara, calzone or samosa. hay, life is always about tough choices 😛


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Guagua Girl says:

    would you believe i've never had panara in my whole life? i don't think i've ever seen that sold in guagua after simbang bening (midnight mass). i only see the bibingka, duman, etc. it looks great, though, and if it has lumpia filling inside, then it should be very good.


  2. Betis Boy says:

    ha?! now i know at least two unfortunate souls who haven't eaten panara. (you and my friend p, who's from bacolor which is supposedly the seat of all things traditionally capampangan.) it tastes like lumpiang prito, but not exactly like it.


  3. Guagua Girl says:

    oops, i meant “simbang bengi” (stupid fingers, typing so fast)


  4. Anonymous says:

    wish somebody will share how to make panara with all the ingredients…


  5. Betis Boy says:

    hi there! ours is made from shredded green papaya, ground pork, shrimp and lots of pepper. i'll get exact amounts and post them here, with cooking directions. thanks for visiting here!


  6. Anonymous says:

    Hiii can u please post the recipe. I super miss panara!


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