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tamales el salvador
by Nita Ragoonanan
Salvadoran cuisine is a traditional cuisine that consists of food from Native American cuisine, indigenous Lenca, Pipil and European Spanish peoples. Many of the dishes are made with maize (corn), like tamales pisques.
When we hear tamale, we automatically connect it with Mexico. However, many of the Latin American countries all have their own variety of tamales.
WHAT ARE TAMALES PISQUES?
Tamal pisque comes from El Salvador, but it is also popular in Honduras. Tamales pisques are made with seasoned corn masa that is mixed with refried beans, and the combination is then neatly wrapped in plantain leaves. The tamales are then steamed, and the dish is ready for consumption after it has cooled down a bit.
WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF TAMALES?
The tamales originated in Mesoamerica as early as 8000 to 5000 BC. The preparation of tamales is likely to have spread from the indigenous culture in Mexico and Guatemala to the rest of Latin America. According to archaeologists Karl Taube, William Saturn and David Stuart, tamales may date from the year 100 AD.