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    Tamale [tuh-MAH-lee]
    From the Nahuatl word (tamalii ), the tamale is a popular Mexican dish that consists of various fillings (such as finely chopped meat and vegetables) coated with a MASA dough and wrapped in a softened CORN HUSK. This package is then tied and steamed until the dough is cooked through. The corn husk is peeled back before the tamale is eaten. Although savory tamales are the most popular in the United States, many cooks in Mexico also serve sweet tamales, usually filled with fruit.

    From THE FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst, Barron's Educational Services, Inc.

    Copyright 1997 CondeNet



    TAMALE, ta-mal'e,
    a Mexican dish consisting of highly spiced minced meat and other ingredients inside a layer of cornmeal dough that is, in turn wrapped in corn husks. It is then either baked or steamed in a kettle. The exact origin of tamales is not known, but they were eaten by the Aztecs long before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores.

    Betty Wason - Author of "The Art of Spanish Cooking"

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