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Masa Harina

Nutritional Information

1 cup cooked, masa harina

  • Calories 235
  • Calories from Fat 21.78
  • Amount%DV
  • Total Fat 2.42g4%
  • Saturated Fat 0.341g2%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0.641g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1.106g
  • Cholestreol 0mg0%
  • Sodium 670mg28%
  • Potassium 192mg5%
  • Total Carbohydrate 48.98g16%
  • Dietary Fiber 6.2g25%
  • Sugars 0.41g
  • Protein 6g12%
  • Calcium 10mg1%
  • Iron 26mg144%
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 0%

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Masa Harina on Wikipedia:

For other uses, see Masa (disambiguation). The process of making masa from maize

Masa is Spanish for dough, but in Mexico it sometimes refers to cornmeal dough (masa de maíz in Spanish). It is used for making tortillas, tamales, pupusas, arepas and many other Latin American dishes. The dried and powdered form is called masa de harina or maseca (which is actually a commercial brand); it is reconstituted with water.

Masa de trigo is Spanish for wheat flour dough. It is also used for making tortillas and other breads and pastries.

Masa nixtamalera is nixtamalized maize dough. It is nutritionally superior to cornmeal dough because the limewater adds calcium to the dough and makes the niacin in the cornmeal nutritionally available. [1] In Central American and Mexican cuisine, masa nixtamalera is cooked with water and milk to make a thick, gruel-like beverage called atole. When made with chocolate and sugar, it becomes atole de chocolate. Adding anise and piloncillo to this mix creates Champurrado, a popular breakfast drink.

To make masa de harina, field corn (or maize) is dried and then treated in a solution of lime or ash and water, also called slaked lime. This loosens the hulls from the kernels and softens the corn. In addition, the lime reacts with the corn so that the nutrient niacin can be assimilated by the digestive tract. The soaked maize is then washed, and the wet corn is ground into a dough, called masa. It is this fresh masa, when dried and powdered, that becomes masa de harina.

References

^ Food and Agriculture Organization (1992). Maize in human nutrition. United Nations. http://www.fao.org/docrep/T0395E/T0395E00.htm. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 

See also

Nixtamalization