Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Corn Tortillas

I love Mexican food, period. There is not a whole lot of vegetarian options in Mexican restaurant. So I started making variety of dishes at home. I wanted to make everything from scratch. So I also tried to make corn and flour tortillas. Corn tortillas require only few ingredients and making them is a breeze if you have a tortilla press. I have adapted the recipe from here. She has also demonstrated the making of corn tortilla in her youtube channel. You can also check that out to get a better idea.

Do try making these corn tortillas, if you like Mexican food. They taste so much better than the store bought ones. I will share few vegetarian recipes soon, as to how we like to eat them.

  • Maseca Corn Masa Mix - 1 cup
  • Hot water - Little less than 3/4 cup
  • Oil - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp


Before writing down the procedure, let me write few things required to make tortillas.
Tortilla Press - I recommend buying a tortilla press if you plan making corn tortillas on regular basis. If you don't want to invest on it then you can always use a large plate or pie dish to press out the dough.
Zip loc/Parchment paper - Always line your tortilla press with zip loc (cut open one or two side of it) or parchment paper (2 square pieces of it).

Take flour, salt and oil in a bowl.

Mix well and then hot water little at a time. Mix with a spoon . Once it comes together mix with your hands until you get a non sticky, smooth dough. Keep it covered and let it sit for five minutes.

Then divide the dough into 5-6 equal portions and smoothen them between your palms.

Now line the tortilla press with a zip loc (or parchment paper) and place one of the dough ball in the zip loc.

Then press it.

The dough ball takes a beautiful round shape.

Gently remove it and place it on a hot skillet.

Cook it until the edges start to lift. Then flip it to cook on the other side until few brown spots appear.
I like to finish off cooking on direct flame to get extra charred marks (this step is totally optional).

Then transfer it into a container lined with paper towel or kitchen towel. Repeat the procedure for the rest of the dough. 
Corn Tortillas are ready!!

Serve it warm. You can use it for making fajitas, enchiladas etc. Above measurement makes 5-6 medium sized tortillas.