Tortillas(tor-tee-yahs) are quintessential Mexican flat bread.I never liked the corn tortillas until I made them fresh homemade,the aroma and flavor is nothing like the store-bought kind and needless to say homemade is far healthier.
Traditionally tortillas are made with a special kind of corn flour called Masa Harina ,nothing but corn flour that has been treated with lime.Mind you rolling the corn tortillas is nothing like rolling the Parathas or roti,using rolling pin doesn't work,the gluten-free corn dough has a different consistency from the stretchable wheat dough. A Tortillas press can make the rolling much easier but with no space to add another appliance in the kitchen,I settle with the unauthentic whatever-works method.Use a thick bottom flat pan or heavy plate to press the dough between sheets of plastic.
Mix some Spinach or pumpkin puree to add some more flavor and nutrition to the tortillas.
A definite good news for gluten intolerant,the corn is perfect alternative to wheat.A complex carbohydrate low in fat,whole corn is good source of fiber and essential B vitamins.Check the Nutrition facts .
2 cups Corn flour\ masa de harina(I used Quaker)
1 1/3 cup water(little more if needed)
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Prepare the dough by mixing all the ingredient until smooth and well incorporated.
Cover and let sit for at least an hour.
To make tortillas without the Press
Heat a cast iron skillet or thick bottom pan on medium heat.Take a small handful of dough,place between sheets of plastic ,press using a flat thick bottom pan until evenly flattened.At this point you could use your rolling pin over the plastic sheet just to even out the edges.Carefully peel out from the plastic and roast about a minute on each side,should puff up a little.Spread some olive oil if desired before getting it out of the pan.Serve warm.Can be stacked and stored in a plastic bag(ziploc) for a month.Use it to make tortilla chips or Enchiladas ,tacos or Burritos.
Bean Enchiladas with Roasted Pablano Sauce
Beans and mild pablano pepper sauce is one variation of Enchiladas to begin with,can be stuffed with your choicest low fat meat and topped with mildest to hottest pepper sauce.Often enchiladas are baked with the sauce and oodles of cheese,but the following recipe is a simple no-bake low-fat enchiladas made with homemade tortillas.
Roasted Poblano sauce
2 Poblano peppers
1/2 a medium onion or 1 shallot, chopped
1 big clove garlic,peel and chopped
1 teaspoon cumin(zeera) powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1/2 cup of fresh cilantro
Char the pepper on high heat in a broiler or grill.Turn occasionally with tongs, until skin is blackened, 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to sweat in a brown paper bag for a minute, then peel the skin and remove the seeds.
Blend the roasted pepper with garlic,cilantro,cumin ,oil and salt until smooth.
For Beans Stuffing
2 cup Kidney or pinto beans,cooked
1 plum tomato,chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
2 cloves garlic,chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Saute onion in olive oil until transparent on medium heat.Add garlic and saute for a minute. Add cumin ,tomatoes,when tomatoes are soft in about 5 minutes,add salt and beans.Cook for another 4-5 minutes.
Assemble the Enchiladas
Place some beans mixture in the middle of the tortilla,fold and place on the serving plate.Repeat same with rest of the tortillas,then pour the poblano sauce and serve.Garnish with grilled or roasted corn and fresh chopped tomatoes.
These Enchiladas is my contribution for the Homemade #4 - Tortillas at What's Cooking.
Got Some Spare Time?
Take a lesson in History and Chemistry of Tortillas from Alton Brown, Video 1 and 2.