Going vegan can be quite a rewarding experience. You get to try several healthy yet delicious vegan recipes that you would have otherwise never known of. If you are one of them, you should definitely try this raw food tortilla recipe. Thank us later!
But first, let’s talk a little about tortillas.
Mexican Or Spanish Tortilla?
There are two popular varieties of tortillas based on their origin, viz. Mexico and Spain. In Mexico, a tortilla is a thin, circular, and unleavened pancake or flatbread with a spicy or savory filling. It is usually made of maize or cornflour.
However, European have a different idea. Spanish tortilla is just an omelet with additional ingredients like sliced potato and onion. They commonly use it as warps.
In this article, we will be going with the Mexican way of making raw vegan corn tortillas.
Raw Food Tortilla Recipe
The following tortilla recipe uses corn as a base ingredient, but you can use wheat flour for a more neutral tone. Please note that corn tortillas are softer while flour tortillas tend to be fluffier.
Like with any other recipe, we start with ingredients.
- 2 cups organic corn kernels
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup flax meal
- 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp smoked cumin powder
- 1 red pepper (chopped)
- 3 ripe tomatoes
1. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend them well until smooth. Throw in some more spices if you want it hot and spicy.
2. The mixture should be neither too thick nor too watery. Add a little water while stirring the mixture. It should be spreadable like a pancake batter. You can also make dough balls out of it and use a tortilla press to flatten them
3. Lay a Teflex-lined sheet on a dehydrator tray and spread out the mixture evenly. We recommended at least ¼” of thickness, but it depends on how you want your wrap to come out. Don’t make them too thin though as they tend to shrink.
4. Let the wrap dry at 105°F for at least five hours. Make sure you dehydrate both sides. The time required for dehydrating the mixture depends on the factors like moisture and weather conditions.
5. Remove the tortillas from the dehydrator and let them cool down. Cut them into desired shapes and sizes.
6. Fill the tortilla wraps with the ingredients of your choice. Or you can simply dip them into a tomato salsa and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How To Press Tortillas?
The easiest way to spread and flatten the mixture dough is by using press tortillas. You can quickly make round and even tortillas without doing any geometrical calculation. If you make tortillas on a regular basis, it’s definitely worth getting one.
Instead of using a tortilla press, you can improvise on your own at home. Get a plastic ziplock bag, preferably gallon-sized. Get rid of the zipper top and cut down the adjacent sides, leaving the bottom crease as it is. This acts as a nonstick surface of your improvised tortilla press.
Put the rolled dough ball in the middle and use your palm to flatten the ball. Voilà!
How To Heat Tortillas?
Once the tortillas are dried and dehydrated, you can enjoy them raw. Nevertheless, you can still cook them on medium heat. You may use a drizzle of oil, but not necessarily if you have a nonstick pan.
Transfer the pressed tortillas to the pan once it is heated. Cook evenly on each side for about 30 seconds to give it a light brown texture.
How To Store Tortillas?
Whether you cook or dehydrate the tortillas, you can store them safely for savoring later. Use a Ziploc bag or an airtight container to store them in the refrigerator. Warm them up gently when you feel like having some.
How To Make Tortillas Taste Better?
If you precisely follow the abovementioned raw food tortilla recipe, you will be surprised at the corn tortillas that you can make on your own at home. The final taste of tortillas depends on the quantity and quality of ingredients you use.
While you can play around with the ingredients to give the snack a more personalized touch, we recommend you opt for masa harina corn flour. It has a distinct corn flavor that you wouldn’t find in cornmeal.
How To Make Tortillas Thinner?
Unlike store-bought tortillas, it is difficult to get the right thickness for homemade tortillas. Tortilla press can help you take some control of the thickness, but it has little to do with the taste of your snack. In fact, the thickness comes with an amazing texture that makes homemade tortillas better than the readymade ones.
How To Prevent Tortillas From Cracking?
Wrap and store the tortillas in a clean kitchen towel or a tortilla warmer. The steaming process prevents the tortillas from cracking when you take a bite. If you plan to store the snack for later, you can mix the dough with a couple of teaspoons of corn starch. This preserves the moisture and prevents the tortillas from drying out or cracking.
What Can I Use For Fillings?
The best thing about this raw food tortilla recipe is that it is already so full of interesting flavors. You don’t have to work hard on additional seasoning or dressing for the wrap. You can use the vegan foods of your choice for fillings. For instance, green veggies, avocado, tomatoes, corns, beans, and alfalfa sprouts make a great companion to your homemade raw vegan corn tortillas.
This raw food tortilla recipe is so simple that you don’t need any prior cooking experience at all. Instead of relying on readymade tortillas, learning to make them on your own can be quite a wonderful and liberating experience. There is no one best way of making corn tortillas. You can always experiment with the ingredients and even come up with your own personal recipe.
Let us know if you have any! We can’t wait to try them.