Delve into the alchemical fusion of botanical brilliance and culinary delight in these enchanting tortillas, lovingly crafted with potent adaptogenic herbs. Let nature's wisdom nourish your body and spirit, one bite at a time.
- 2 cups (228g) organic masa harina (I use Masienda )
- 1/2 teaspoon (3g) kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups (355g) hot water
- 1 cup washed and dried fresh botanicals with soft stems, such as pansies, violas, and sun daisies.
Mix the masa harina, salt and food colorant dust (if using) together in a mixing bowl. Pour in the water and stir to combine. Using your hands, knead the dough for a minute or two in the bowl.
The dough is ready when it’s smooth and easily forms into a ball. If the dough absorbs all the water but is still dry and crumbly, add water a teaspoon at a time. If the dough feels sticky, add more masa a teaspoon at a time. Cover the bowl with a towel and rest the dough for 15 to 30 minutes. This gives the masa time to fully absorb the water and improves the taste and texture of the tortillas. Once rested, pinch off a few tablespoons of dough and roll it between your hands to form a ball. Make sure your ball is no larger than the size of a golf ball.
At this point you can roll out the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper, although a tortilla press is much easier to make perfect tortillas. Line your tortilla press with 2 sheets of parchment paper and place the ball of dough in the middle of the parchment paper on the tortilla press. Lightly press to flatten the dough to about 1/8-inch thick. If the tortilla doesn’t look quite even after pressing or you’d like it a little thinner, rotate the tortilla and re-press.
Now time to decorate with your herbs. You can create any sort of botanical scene you like. I’ve found that the best presentation is when all the tortillas have a different design. Now gently repress your botanicals into the tortilla.
Warm a large, flat non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Swiftly cook the tortillas for 1-2 minutes on each side. I generally allow the non-decorated side of the tortilla to cook for 2 minutes and the botanical decorated side to cook for just 30 seconds. This will ensure that your decorated side stays bright. Wrap cooked tortillas in a tea towel and serve immediately.
*The more colorant adaptogen powder used, the more vibrant and flavorful the tortilla will be.
Yields 12-16 tortillas