ma·​sa | \ ˈmä-sə How to pronounce masa (audio) \

Definition of masa

: a dough used in Mexican cuisine (as for tortillas and tamales) that is made from ground corn soaked in a lime and water solution also : masa harina

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Ramos’ team is importing heirloom corn from Oaxaca and making masa in-house. Janelle Bitker,, "Nido’s Backyard opens with mezcal, Tequila and Mexican fare in Oakland," 10 Sep. 2019 Their appeal lies in the light, airy masa as well as the quality ingredients, and the fact they're made fresh. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Our 9 favorite local farm-to-table finds, from butter cakes to tamales," 19 Aug. 2019 Also look for corn poppers, balls of deep-fried corn blended with masa, finger food for dipping is salsa. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Find OMG tamales at the new location for 3 in 1 Restaurant," 18 June 2019 Folded in half and encapsulating refried black beans and crumbled queso fresco, the tortillas are delicate yet meaty, the masa used shining through and acting as an ideal vehicle for mopping up the shallow pool of salsa ranchera covering the plate. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville’s Con Huevos excels when serving up the most important meal of the day," 10 July 2019 Soon, Ortega and Ahmed began making masa for the tortillas in a tiny space inside El Mercado de Los Angeles in Boyle Heights, calling the business Kernel of Truth. Sarah Portnoy,, "A fast-growing East L.A. tortilla business started with two high school friends," 4 July 2019 Empty both bags of cooked meat into the center of masa. Emma Schwartz, Bon Appétit, "How a Prison Cooking Show Connects Residents to Life Outside," 2 July 2019 Softening the masa, the dough made from ground corn, was the first step. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "A taste of home: Salvadoran refugee chef cooks with her mother in mind," 19 June 2019 Dessert has to be El Blondie, also made with masa, then topped with butternut squash ice cream. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best New Places to Eat in Austin During SXSW," 9 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of masa

circa 1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for masa

Spanish, mash, dough

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The first known use of masa was circa 1896

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