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How to prepare traditional northern humites

They are made with corn and are an excellent gastronomic option for lovers of Andean flavors.

humitas norteñas

 Humita  is a traditional dish  from northern Argentina , is made from grated corn and can be sweet or salty. It is usually consumed in  winter  and, with some arrangements in the recipe, can become an option for vegans and celiacs. Its caloric intake can be categorized as a medium which makes this menu an important source of energy.

Being its star ingredient the choclo,  its consumption brings great benefits . Choclo is a vegetable that contains a lot of fiber and helps digestion by preventing constipation problems by improving digestive transit. It provides phosphorus, which facilitates our body the repair of cells and tissues due to its high protein supply. In addition to all this, the greatest advantage of this food is its high amount of folic acid, which reduces the chances of contracting cancer, especially of the colon.

In this article we tell you everything you need to know about one  of the most traditional foods in the north of our country.    Andean flavors. 

How to prepare them

This delicious dish can be made in two versions: sweet or salty. They are very filling and with exceptional taste.  It is a food made with corn and covered with its leaves. It has few vegetables and the typical is to put goat cheese, although this option is optional and depends on the taste of each diner. Another advantage is that it is an  economical dish and its elaboration is simple. 

  • Choclos

  • Onion

  • Pepper

  • Green Onion

  • Salt and Pepper

  • Milk

  • Butter

  • Goat Cheese


The first step is to reserve the skin of the corn, also known as chala. It should be removed carefully trying not to break or fractionate, which is very important since the presentation and final assembly of the dish depend entirely on this. They should be bleached in boiling and salted water, and then removed and drained.

On the other hand, the corn is grated and left in a bowl. Onions, green onions and peppers should also be chopped, preferably red. In a pre-butted frying pan place the chopped vegetables and browned and then add the corn and tomatoes cut into small cubes.

While our ingredients are cooked over moderate heat, milk is added and seasoned to taste. Those who wish to make sweet humites, it is here that they can place sugar. Once the preparation acquired a creamy consistency, it should be removed from heat and allowed to cool.

Armed with chala de choclo

For the assembly of our dish, we need the leaves of the corn that we had bleached before. For each humite we need two leaves that need to be placed in the form of a cross.Once this step is done, the filling is placed in the center and above a few cubes of fresh cheese, preferably goat.

It closes the package using the same sheets as threads and secures well. Perform the same procedure with each of the humites. In a boiling saucepan and salt it is cooked for 20 to 25 minutes and ready. Enjoy an exquisite northern dish!

Publication Date: 19/10/2020

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