Lucha’s Tamales

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First Published on December 19, 2008.

Like many good home cooks, Lucha Segovia doesn’t measure ingredients.

She uses the basic masa from La Palma, but you can save a step by
buying the “masa preparada” that already has lard, salt and baking
powder mixed in.

Ingredients
Masa
Lard
Baking powder
Pork
Chile de árbol
Guajillo
Chile de ancho
Oregano
Salt
Pepper
Sesame seeds
Tomatoes
Pumpkin seeds
Garlic

Boil pork in pot with water and put broth aside for masa.
In a big bowl, mix masa, lard, baking powder, salt and broth. The
texture should be compact but not too dry. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
For the sauce, roast three kinds of chilis — chile de árbol, guajillo
and chile de anzo.

Once the peppers are roasted, take out the seeds.
In a big pot, simmer tomatoes, sweet onions, oregano, pepper, sesame
seeds, salt and garlic. Add broth to thicken sauce.
Let corn shucks soak in hot water to soften. Spread masa on the larger
end, then add meat and sauce and fold.
Steam for one hour.

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