A traditional Mexican dish made of minced and seasoned meat packed in cornmeal dough, wrapped in corn husks, and steamed. Here is my take on the classic Mexican recipe.

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Makes 4

4 corn husks, soaked in water
raffia, soaked in water
1⁄3 cup amaranth
1⁄3 cup ground flaxseeds
1⁄3 cup almond flour
1⁄3 cup lima beans, cooked
1⁄3 cup psyllium husk
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
coconut sugar
1 tablespoon finely chopped
hibiscus flower

seeds from 1 pomegranate

  1. In a large bowl mix amaranth, ground flaxseeds, almond flour, lima beans, and psyllium husks.
  2. Stir in the oil and enough water to make a smooth dough. Add water just a little at a time so the mixture doesn’t become runny.
  3. Season with salt.
  4. Place the corn husks on the counter. Divide the mixture evenly, place in the middle of each leaf, and sprinkle with coconut sugar.
  5. Wrap husks tightly around the dough, and tie the bundles with the raffia on each side to secure.
  6. If you desire, dip the bundles into water colored with hibiscus flowers, giving the tamales a beautiful pink color.
  7. Cook the tamales in a bamboo steamer over a large pot of boiling water for 45 minutes.
  8. Place on a plate, carefully open, and top with pomegranate seeds and honey.


Photography by Dietlind Wolf

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