First know this they are easy to make and WOW are they good!
Most every city on the planet has a mexican grocery store, and there you will find my goto ingredients.
Pre made MASA. Ok so whats MASA?? Simple... Masa is Spanish for dough, it is sometimes referred to cornmeal dough ( masa de maiz in Spanish). The dried and powdered form is called masa de harina or maseca(which is actually a commercial brand); it is reconstituted with water.Masa is the corn based dough that is used to make tamales and sopes, and many other Mexican and South/Central American recipes.
Ok you might be saying not purest wrong! The locals buy the pre made all the time. Good for them...good for me!
Corn Husks. They are typically bought by the pound. There are about 5-7 doz. in a lb.
Next you need a steamer.
Ok let get cracken.
Look for them to be firm and no white spots. White spots are a sigh of undercooked
The Tamale Team