Ingredients (10-12 Tamales)
Cobs from 1 1/2 corn kernels (make sure to save the leaves)
1.5 cup cornmeal
1 tbsp cornstarch ( the more you put, the harder it gets. So, be careful!)
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tsp oil
Salt to taste
Vamos a empezar! (Lets begin!)
2. In a pan, add the oil and saute the onions followed by the vegetables. Add salt and chilli powder to taste. I also added some cumin powder and some Taco seasoning to give it a spicy kick :) The spice and the veggie bit is totally optional, and depends on your choice/palate.
3. Take a corn leaf and divide it into several long strings.
4. Take 2 corn leaves and make a "+" sign out of them. Apply some dough in the middle and put some of the sauteed veggies on top. Close the leaves and then tie them with the strings. When all the Tamales are done, steam them for 15 mins or until they are hardened enough to look like upma.
5. Untie, open the leaves and enjoy the steaming hot Tamales with sour cream or guacamole or any dip.
Terminar (finished) :)
I personally loved the taste of steamed corn. Tasted rich and yet there was very little oil so they were pretty healthy.