Peruvian-style Quinoa Tamales with Sarza Criolla

Ingredients

2 cups of quinoa rinsed
1/4 cup rice flour
2 tbsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tbsp turmeric or 2 tbsp aji panca paste
2 tsp ground garlic
1/4 cup grape seed oil or oil of preference

Filling

1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garlic
1/4 cup of grape seed oil
1 small size yellow onion diced
1 medium size zucchini, diced small
1 medium size goose-neck squash, diced small
1 pint diced mini portabella mushroom
2 roasted and diced poblano or hatch peppers

Sarza Criolla

1 med size red onion thinly sliced and rinsed
1 large lime
salt to taste

Wrap

Softened banana leaves or soaked corn husks

Method

  1. Cook the quinoa until soften making sure not to overcook about 15 minutes.
  2. Drain but do not rinse.
  3. In a pot heat the oil and add the turmeric or aji, and the garlic and sauté lightly being careful not to burn the garlic.
  4. Add the cooked quinoa, add the salt and pepper and continue to cook together for about 3 more minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and incorporate the rice flour.
  6. To make the filling, Heat a medium size pot and add the oil.
  7. Add the onion and sauté until translucent.
  8. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  9. Incorporate the rest of the ingredients and cook until tender but careful not to overcook.
  10. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  11. To assemble the tamales place about a 1/4 of a cup of quinoa in the center of the husk or banana leaf and put a spoon full of the filling in the center. Carefully wrap the husk to form the tamale and wrap them individually tightly in aluminum foil and set aside. Once all the tamales are done place them in a pot and cover them in water and place the lid on the pot. Cook the tamales for 30 minutes and remove them from the water. Allow the to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving them.
  12. To make the sarza simply put the onions in a bowl and add the salt and lime juice and allow them to cure for about 5 minutes. If you prefer to make spicy add a slice of pepper to the onions.
  13. Plate the tamale out of the wrap on a plate and top it with the sarza. Enjoy!

Makes 12 servings.

Source: Chef Karla Flores-Ybaceta