I’ve been meaning to post some instructions on making your own vegetarian and vegan tamales from scratch for quite awhile, so I’m just going to get started and do it in pieces since otherwise it would be way too long of a post. Does that meet with your approval? Great! Let’s get started.
First things first: the reason you might want to make your own nixtamal is so that you can go through the process of making your own tamales from scratch, which means making your own masa from the base ingredients. You can use Maseca if you want to skip this step, its makes for good tamales. But if you are like me, you just have to try doing things the hard way, at least once just to appreciate the work involved in the making of our meals. Soon I hope to put up the rest of the steps to complete the tamal making process, like the sauces, fillings, and maybe some wrapping techniques, but for now, we start with nixtamal.