Puerto Rican Pumpkin Fritters

3 Dec

In Puerto Rico, these pumpkin fritters are called “barriguitas de vieja” or “old lady bellies”… I just think that name is a tad discriminatory. Who said all old ladies bellies are sweet and wrinkly??? I am sure some old bellies out there are not sweet… LOL!!!!! I am so lame, I laugh at my own jokes…

Enjoy these, which are super delicious regardless of my bad jokes.

Puerto Rican Pumpkin Fritters


2 cups fresh pumpkin puree
½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
A few grates of fresh nutmeg
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp egg replacer + 2 tbs water
Canola Oil for frying
  1. First we steam the pumpkins to make the puree… I just peel and cut some pumpkin pieces and place them in a shallow pan that has a lid. I add about ½ inch of water and some kosher salt. Cover the pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. As soon as you hear the water inside boiling, turn down the heat and allow the steam inside cook the pumpkins for about 10-15 minutes. Check the pumpkins at about 10 minutes… if they’re not completely done, just cover again, wait about 1 minute and turn off the heat and leave there uncovered for some 10-15 minutes more. They’ll be done by then.
  2. I just take the pumpkin pieces out into a bowl and mash… if you feel they’re too stringy, you can certainly pass the mashed pumpkin thru a sieve. But I don’t usually do that… I don’t find it’s necessary. You can certainly do all this steaming and mashing ahead. I did it the night before to use the mashed pumpkin for this recipe and for a pumpkin cheesecake I was making too.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the egg replacer with the water. Stir vigorously or whisk and set aside.
  4. Now we assemble the batter… in a large bowl mix together all the ingredients, including the egg replacer mix. I use my hands to mix well and almost knead the recipe. I tried using a spoon or spatula and it does not work well.

5.  In a frying pan add about 1 inch oil to fry these fritters over medium-high heat… wait until the oil has reached temperature before adding the first one. I usually check if the oil is ready by inserting the back side of a wooden spoon into the oil. If the oil bubbles around it, the oil is ready.

6.  Using 2 spoons create little mounds of batter to fry. My mom likes to spread them a bit once they’re in the pan so they’re not too thick and they fry faster. Once they’re golden brown on one side, flip them over to fry on the other side.

7.  Once they’re cooked and golden brown on both sides, take them out and drain on a plate lined with paper towels.

Puerto Rican Pumpkin Fritters 2

When they’ve cooled off a bit, enjoy one after the other. You’ll see they’re addictive…


29 Responses to “Puerto Rican Pumpkin Fritters”

  1. Yadira Ambert (@ClubdeDiosas) December 3, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Nunca habia escuchado esta receta. Yo soy de Carolina, sera que es del sur de la isla? Anyway se ven deliciosas.

    • KarmaFree Cooking December 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

      nope… tortitas de calabaza o “barriguitas de vieja” no son del sur de la Isla. Las hacían en Ájili Mójili como aperitivo… siempre las he visto!!!!

    • Jeannette Quiñones-Cantore December 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      Si, Yadira en el sur le decimos barriguitas de vieja y en el área norte frituras de calabaza 🙂

      • Carmen T. Ramirez Vega September 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

        Barrigitas de vieja, sí te las hacia tú abuelita, en toda la isla, receta de la Biblia de Cocina PR “Cocina Criolla” Carmen Aboy de Valdejuli, Con calabaza fresca son celestiales 🙂 Ni hablar de la Cazuela ooooohhh!


    • Pocillo Cortado December 29, 2012 at 9:27 am #

      ¡Nooo! me crié en Carolina y mi abuela me las preparaba, ella vivía en la urb. Country Club, Carolina, cuando joven en Santurce. Son riiicas.

  2. Natalia December 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Se ven deliciosos y facilitos de hacer!

  3. duodishes December 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    That’s a cute name for these little ones. Now that sweet potatoes are looking so good, these would be interesting to try with taters too.

  4. Karina Fernández December 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    En RD hacemos las arepitas de yuca y tienen un parecido a estas. Se ven igual de deliciosas. El nombre está muy cómico.

  5. Cool Chill mom December 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    Wow a big wow to this amazing new find!

  6. Cristina December 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    Que ricooo, definitivamente en la isla del encanto se preparan unas delicias increibles!

  7. Alejandra Ramírez-LaBonte December 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    Que bien! Una receta diferente!

  8. Myrah Falco Duque December 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Que interesante Y ricas….nunca se me hubiera ocurrido hacer frituras de calabazas.

  9. Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™ December 4, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    Oh, I’m so making these. I wonder if we have a similar version. I love anything con calabeza. THanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. Mama Orquesta December 4, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Nunca he echo una receta de Pumpkin, la tuya se ve fácil y deli, a prepararla!

  11. Yissele December 4, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Se ven deliciosas! Muchas Gracias por compartir la receta!


  12. Riquísimo PR December 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    Hace tiempo no me como unas…se me antojaron!

  13. Teresa Garza December 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    Se antoja prepararlas para la época.. Interesante conocer la cultura y la gastronomía de otros países.. Gracias por compartir

  14. Silvia (@mamalatina) December 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    Definitivamente la pondré en mis platillos a probar, se ven deliciosas

  15. Jeannette Quiñones-Cantore December 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    A mi me encantan! esa combinación de la calabaza y las especias son divinas 🙂

  16. Alejandra Ramírez-LaBonte December 8, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Se ven deliciosas!

  17. Ely Aguilera December 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    En mi vida habia escuchado de algo parecido a esto, se ve espectacular, definitivamente tendre que probarlo, gracias por compartir 🙂

  18. JMA January 20, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    “Barriguitas” are a sweet and warm way to welcome people into your home. Have these ready and you will be the talk of the town!!!

  19. Platanos, Mangoes and Me! October 28, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    Sorry to contradict. Barriguita a are made with flour water and egg. Frituras de calabaza are just that frituras

    • KarmaFree Cooking November 1, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

      You’re right, traditionally “barriguitas de vieja” are made with egg. In KarmaFree Cooking, we don’t use eggs, but that doesn’t mean these are not traditional or authentic, they’re just vegetarian, the Karma-Free way!!!!


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