Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chile - Humitas

Sent by my best friend Hernán from Santiago in Chile.

This is from Wikipedia : Humita is a Native American dish from pre-Hispanic times, and a traditional food in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. It consists of masa harina and corn, slowly cooked in oil. Humita is a version of the Mexican tamal.

Humitas are common in various countries in Latin America, although their origin is unclear. The noun "humita" derives from Quechua a regional dialect found in Ecuador of the Quechua people living in Ecuador, the south of Colombia, the Peruvian highlands, and the northwestern part of Argentina. In Venezuela, they are known as hallaquitas, in Chile and Peru as humitas, in Bolivia as humintas, and in Mexico and Central America as tamales.

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