Meaning of nixtamal in English:


Pronunciation /ˌniʃtəˈmal/ /ˌnɪkstəˈmal/


  • In Latin American cookery: maize kernels which have been boiled and steeped in an alkaline solution (usually lime water) in order to remove the hulls, used to make masa.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Dialect Notes. From Mexican Spanish nixtamal from Nahuatl nextamalli from nextli ashes, cinders + tamal-li bread made of steamed corn meal.