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tamal

in Mexican cuisine, small steamed cake of dough made from corn (maize). In the preparation of tamales, masa harina, fine-ground corn treated with unslaked lime, is made into a thick paste. For each tamale the masa dough is spread on a corn husk, a small amount of filling added, and the whole wrapped into a package and tied with a strip of husk. The tamales are steamed until cooked through

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