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Bolivian Humintas

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These delectable corn husk pouches contain some sweet, creamy corn treats. Much like a Mexican tamale, they are cooked in the corn husks. They are great for lunch, snacking or tea time. Enjoy!
  Ears of corn 8 , peeled and shucked (Reserve Cobs)
  Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon (Heaping Quantity)
  Eggs 2
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
  Sugar 3 Tablespoon
  Minced onion 1 Tablespoon
  Vegetable shortening 1 Cup (16 tbs), melted and very hot
  Anise 2 Teaspoon
  Dried red chili pods 6
  White cheese 1 Medium, cut into slices (Farmers, Panela, Coija)

Peel the corn and keep the husks aside. Cut the corn off of the cob into a large bowl. Place the corn into a blender or food processor by batches. Add a little milk ‐ and I mean a little milk ‐ to blend the corn
until it is smooth and milky. Place in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients – except red aji and 1 ½ TBS
sugar‐ and mix well. Divide corn in two.

Rehydrate the chili pods by covering with boiling water and soaking for 20 minutes. Remove stems and

seeds and place in blender with some of the soaking liquid.

Blend into a paste.

Place red aji paste into a skillet. Add vegetable shortening and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the aji to
half of the corn and mix well.

Add 1 ½ TBS remaining sugar to remaining corn mix.

Go through the corn husks and choose the least damaged one. Place one husk over the other to form a sort of ‘boat’. Place two to three heaping spoons of the corn mixture into one of the husks. Add a slice
of cheese. Fold the side edges to seal the pouch. Fold the ends. Place in a bowl.

Place the humintas in a double boiler if you have one. Otherwise, place the reserved cobs at the bottom of the pan to form a sort of bed. Add a small amount of water – enough to steam the Humintas and some salt. Place a potato on top of the Humintas. Steam them until the potato is cooked through –
about 60 minutes. Enjoy!

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Shallow Frying
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Are you also a fan of tamales? They are great to serve as snack, or meal. Here is a quick video to make tamales with corn they are known as Bolivian Humintas. The chef got the recipe from her nanny and is very excited to share it with you.

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