Arepuelas o Anisitas
Combine the corn meal, warm water, anise seeds and sugar, mixing thoroughly. Let mixture stand for five minutes.
Knead with your hands for about 3 minutes, moistening your hands with water as you work.
Form small balls with the dough. Place each ball between 2 plastic bags and with a flat pot cover, flatten to 1/4 cm.
Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy pot to 180°C. Add the arepas in the heated oil few at the time, fry for 2 minutes, turning over once about half way through.
Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the arepas from the oil and drain on paper towels.