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Tamales a la Vegetarian Recipe

By PutoPinoy on Thursday, June 14, 2007 At Thursday, June 14, 2007

A unique no meat tamales which is famous in Pampanga and Cavite.

  • 2 cups raw rice, roated and soaked in 1-1/2 cups water then ground
  • 1 cup rich coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 4 cups coconut milk, diluted
  • 1 cup finely chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • banana leaves cut into 10" wide pieces
  • 2 tbsps salt
  • 1/4 kg gluten, boiled and diced
  • 2 tbsps atchuete seeds, soaked in
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 pcs eggs, hard-boiled and shelled


  1. In saucepan, combine rice, coconut milk, sugar, salt and achuete water.
  2. Simmer until mixture is smoother and thick, stirring constantly.
  3. Then pour in rich coconut milk, stirring well until smooth in consistency.
  4. Add peanuts. Remove from heat. Put banana leaves together.
  5. Drop 1 tablespoonful of mixture on center of banana leaf.
  6. Top mixture with a slice of gluten and a slice of egg.
  7. Wrap mixture with banana leaf and tie around.
  8. Do the same with remaining mixture.
  9. In a big cooking pan, boil water and drop tamales.
  10. Cover and let boil 30 minutes.
  11. Transfer to tray and let cool before serving.