It became that time of the year when I was about to run out of corn flour for tortillas.
The thought of being without my beloved tacos or quesadilla was too much pain & denial to consider taking on.
Since we are within the Covid-19 epoch -- let's call the period,'Covid Pan' for short -- when I went online hunting supplies, stocks were almost non existent. Just like wheat flours, there must have been a rush on. And besides the supply line is disrupted by infections and deaths....
Given that my usual yellow corn flour was in very limited supply, I ordered a bulk of BLUE CORN FLOUR.
In Mexico, there are three colors of corn dough for making tortillas: white corn, yellow corn and blue corn.
The blue corn flour you want is Harina Azul (aka Harinilla) as it is first been soaked in water with lime (the mineral) in it. Corn soaked in lime ( a process called Nixtamalization) is much healthier and more digestible.
Fortunately my preferred brand -- Minsa -- sells it. Minsa's corn is also non-GMO.
After using the blue corn flour I'm hooked. It has a coarser texture and creates a thicker tortilla with a sweeter, nuttier taste. Given that us aficionados make our own tortillas at home for the excellent taste, going blue is plus plus plus.
Harina Azul was developed by the Hopi, the Pueblo Indians of the Rio Grande in New Mexico, and several Southeastern Tribes, including the Cherokee.
In Peru there is a much loved PURPLE CORN...but the blue corn I use still makes a PURPLE tortilla!
Blue corn's protein content is 7.8%, compared to 5.7% in yellow corn tortillas. It also has less starch and a lower glycemic index than its sisters ... except for the purple variety.
Readymade supermarket tortillas are really not much chop. Indeed, commercially made tortillas are nothing like the taste of what you can do at home.
And corn is a wholegrain flour that keeps for a long time. So there! suck on that Mr Wheat.
Tonight's fare was navel orange marinated braised lamb chops, roasted spiced pumpkin with a tomato salsa atop blue corn tortillas.
Went down well.
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