Calas (Fritters) of New Orleans
- Jessica B. Harris
The rich cultural heritage of New Orleans is also alive in the city's culinary repertoire. Iconic foods have been a large part of creating the city and the region's appeal to visitors. The city is home to two fritter traditions: the European beignet and the African-derived rice fritter known as the cala. Calas, also known as kalas and occasionally as callers, enjoy an enormous culinary appeal, combining a rich history harking back to West Africa, with strong links to the city's traditions of street vending and the contemporary restaurant scene.
The cala is part of the West African fritter tradition that includes bean fritters—such as the Nigerian white bean akara as well as rice fritters However the exact point of origin is disputed It is claimed by chefs and culinary experts in Ghana and Sierra Leone as well as by Liberia where a rice fritter in Bong County has ...