Monday, May 5, 2008

cinco de mayo means vegan tamales

I used to love tamales, but I have not had them for years (since pregan days). I decided that I need to make them and am so glad that I did. The only part that was "labor intensive" like everyone and their mother says about tamales is the wrapping. Kind of obnoxious, but put on some good music and you're golden for the afternoon. Plus, you get better as you go along.
As far as the specifics go, the filling is made with: onions, shallots, garlic, green onions, one pepper, a bunch of tomatoes, Mexican squash, and pinto beans. As for spices: chili powder, cayenne, lemon pepper (was going to use real pepper and lime, but the quality of my lemon pepper is superior to my pepper), fresh cilantro, crushed red pepper flakes, cumin, and oregano. Yeah, I like spicy stuff. I just chopped everything up (and squished the beans up) and it came out to be an awesome consistency like refried beans but had all this stringy-ness because of the cooked down squash which made it more meaty looking. The dough was a modified version of the recipe on the package of the masa corn flour. I used 2 cups masa, 1 2/3 c vegetable broth, 2/3 c oil, 1 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt. It turned out beautifully, considering I just randomly decided to lessen the broth and use oil as the fat (I couldn't find any shortening other than Crisco which has hydrogenated oils in it). My "steamer" is non-existent, so I punched a bunch of holes in the bottom of a pie tin and held that above water in a huge pot with... erm... a bunch of random metal kitchen items. Let's not talk about my odd kitchen habits. I don't know what else to say other than TAMALES ROCK!

7 comments:

Calimaryn said...

Soooo yummy! Thank you for inspiring me to drag out my corn husks.

hannah said...

glad i could be of service. tamales are soo good.
i told my mom that i was so excited because i made tamales ad she told me she DOESN'T LIKE TAMALES.
blasphemous.

Kumudha said...

Vegan tamales look so tasty!

emily pedneau said...

HEY! vegan that bikes! get back to blogging - dedicated followers are dying for an entry!! :)

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Looks totally DEEELISH!!! For future reference, use some coconut oil when making the tamales, it works VERY well in place of shortening in pretty much any vegan recipe.

hannah said...

hm.. coconut oil leaves to much a a flavor for me, i prefer how neutral the oil is!

NICOLE M said...

such a great find with this recipe, glad i stumbled upon it! cant wait to try it with some pico de gallo....just got back from argentina where vegan tamales were def not available...i made a veg south american cookbook from the experiences though...if you are interested there are some recipes on my blog. free copy for anyone who cares to send me their address too! much vegan cooking love all