Preparation info

  • Serves

    8 to 10

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Modern Classics

Modern Classics

By Frances Bissell

Published 2000

  • About

Tamales are a good dish to do for a party. If possible, try to get a couple of helpers, as the tamales should be wrapped in banana leaves or cornhusks, which takes time. If you can’t get cornhusks or banana leaves, foil or greaseproof paper will do.


  • 500 g (1 lb) cornmeal (polenta)
  • 4 tablespoons plain fl


Sift the polenta, flour and salt together. Mix in the olive oil, vinegar, cumin seeds, and enough stock to make a smooth paste that is firm enough to handle.

Dice the chicken, pork and sausages into small bite-size pieces. Cook in a heavy saucepan with a little of the onion and tomato for about 30 minutes. Season to taste. In a separate pan cook the remaining onion and tomato until soft