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Filipino Tamales


This is the Filipino version of Tamales which is very different from the Mexican one. Made of ground rice, coconut milk and various toppings like chicken, ham, nuts and egg. Try this Kapampangan delicacy that is perfect breakfast or snack.

Filipino Tamales is made of ground rice, coconut milk and various toppings like chicken, ham, nuts and egg. Try this Kapampangan rice dish delicacy recipe. | www.foxyfolksy.comIt is first cooked into a thick paste, wrapped in banana leaves and then later boiled or steamed. It is an all-in-one dish as you can see, commonly eaten for breakfast or merienda (snack).  This is well-known in my hometown, Pampanga, where it originated and where it is also called “Boboto”.  Filipino Tamales is made of ground rice, coconut milk and various toppings like chicken, ham, nuts and egg. Try this Kapampangan rice dish delicacy recipe. | www.foxyfolksy.com

Tamales is one of my favorite Kapampangan delicacies. I remembered looking forward to weekends when my parents will go to the local market early in the morning and come home bringing some hot Tamales for breakfast along with other rice delicacies like ‘Sumang bulagta’.

My aunts from Manila would also request us to bring them some Tamales as ‘pasalubong’ whenever we are going to meet. Although I am pretty sure they are able to find some Tamales in Manila but it is because the ones from Pampanga are simply the best (in my probably-biased-but-true opinion).

Filipino Tamales is made of ground rice, coconut milk and various toppings like chicken, ham, nuts and egg. Try this Kapampangan rice dish delicacy recipe. | www.foxyfolksy.com

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Special Filipino Tamales

Filipino Tamales is made of ground rice, coconut milk and various toppings like chicken, ham, nuts and egg. Try this Kapampangan rice dish delicacy recipe now.
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Course: Breakfast,Snack
Cuisine: Asian,Filipino
Keyword: tamales
Servings: 4
Calories: 466kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium onion - - finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic - - finely minced
  • 13.5 fluid ounces coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon Achuete/Annatto powder - - dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken meat - - boiled and flaked
  • 1 hard boiled egg - or salted egg - divided into 4
  • cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup ham - - cut into squares
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • banana leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Saute onion and garlic just until tender. Pour in coconut milk and season with salt and pepper then let it cook until it starts to boil.
  • Add the rice flour and mix continuously until it thickens into a thick paste-like consistency.
  • Divide the mixture into two. Set aside the other half for now and add the peanut butter and Annatto to the other half and mix well.
  • Wash and dry the banana leaves. Cut them into squares about 20 cm wide. If using fresh banana leaves you may have to heat them first (direct heat) to become pliable.
  • Scoop some of the white mixture and place it in the middle of a leaf. Spread it to form a square about 10 cm wide. Now scoop some of the orange mixture and spread it on top of the white one. Top it with chicken flakes, ham, cashew and egg.
  • Fold the sides of the leaf inwards to wrap the tamales in. Wrap this again in another banana leaf placing the top side down to seal it properly. Repeat it at least 2 times more, using at least 4 leaves in the process. Tie with a string to secure it.
  • Boil or steam for 20-30 minutes.
  • Serve while hot but can also be eaten cold
Nutrition Facts
Special Filipino Tamales
Amount Per Serving
Calories 466 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 847mg 35%
Potassium 400mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Vitamin C 4.5%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bebs

Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time.
If you are looking for a recipe and it ain't here, make a request and I will try my best to make it for you!

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