Top ten: Delicious Dishes for Day of the dead (part 1)
Special foods for the day of dead
The day of the dead is probably the most representative tradition in theMexican culture. Its origins date from pre-Hispanic times, given the evidences found of this celebration in ethnic groups such as Mexica or Azteca, Maya, Purepecha and Totonaca.
Some of the customs revolving around The Day of the Dead tradition is setting up altars for the festivity, where some offerings are placed for the deceased, such as food, drinks, photos, and others.
Here is our top 10 of typical and delicious dishes for The Day of the Dead festivity:
10.- Mixiote: it consists of steamed meat seasoned with chili (it also can be prepared with, ram, chicken, pork, or fish), wrapped in a paper-thin layer that comes out of the maguey stalk. This layer is called mixiote and that’s where the dish’s name comes from; its peculiar and exquisite flavor is in fact the result of the essence impregnated from the maguey leaf.
9.-Mole Poblano: It is a culinary specialty from the city of Puebla, and is one of Mexico’s most iconic, emblematic and delicious dishes that represent the nation in the gastronomic world! Mole consists of a sauce made of a great variety of ingredients spilled on chicken or turkey. This meal is reserved for special occasions, due to the big effort and time that is needed for its preparation.
8.-Tamales: The name comes from the nahuatl “Tamalli”, meaning in English "wrapped". This meal consists of a mixture of corn and flour stuffed with meat, vegetables, chilies, fruits, sauce and chicken… These ingredients can change. Once we choose our right combination of ingredients, they are stuffed into a maize dough and wrapped in corn sheets and cooked in water or steamed.
7.-Candied pumpkin: autumn is pumpkin season and in Mexico we usually eat pumpkin sweet; this Mexican traditional sweet has been prepared from the pre-Hispanic times. It usually set on the altars during the day of the dead festivities to share with family.
6.-Champurrado: One of the most typical drinks of the country, it was commonly used in the pre-Hispanic Mexico as a sacred drink during mexicas (Aztecas) rituals and ceremonies. It is a sweet and thick drink that consists of a corn mixture with water, it is also possible add chocolate, and it is usually the beverage that accompanies Tamales.
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