Tamales are one of the most emblematic dishes of Mexican gastronomy. There are more than 500 varieties of tamales, and they can be sweet or savory. Tamales are usually wrapped in corn husks or banana leaves and then steamed.
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 1 hr 10 mins
Yield: 10 tamales
1. Place all the ingredients for the veggie seasoning in a blender and process until well incorporated. Set aside. Note that you will have extra seasoning left.
2. In a large bowl, mix all the tamale ingredients until you achieve a homogeneous consistency.
3. Place the banana leaves opaque side up on a flat surface, and place a thin layer of dough, approximately ½ cup, on it.
4. Fold the bottom edge of the square banana leaf up and over. Fold the top edge of the leaf down, then fold in the sides to close the packet and form a square. Repeat to form the remaining tamales.
5. Line a large steamer with a layer of banana-leaf scraps. Add the tamales and steam for about 60-70 minutes, replenishing the boiling water as needed. Remove from the heat and let the tamales stand in the covered steamer for 20 minutes.
6. The tamales will be a bit soft, initially, but when you let them rest and cool, they will firm up.
1. Cut the banana leaves into squares of approximately 25 x 25 cm.
2. Tamale-ready banana leaves can be found frozen.
3. If you use fresh banana leaves, heat a comal (or skillet) and heat each leaf for a few seconds on both sides until they soften.