Nixtamal vs. Hominy

By Jaxson

  • Hominy

    Hominy is a food produced from dried maize (corn) kernels that have been treated with an alkali, in a process called nixtamalization (nextamalli is the Nahuatl word for “hominy”).

  • Nixtamal (noun)

    Hominy; maize kernels which have undergone nixtamalization, that is, hulling and soaking and cooking in an alkaline solution.

  • Hominy (noun)

    A food made from hulled corn (maize) kernels soaked in lye water, rinsed, then cooked and eaten; or, the rinsed kernels are dried and coarsely ground into hominy grits.

  • Nixtamal (noun)

    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.

  • Hominy (noun)

    coarsely ground corn (maize) used to make grits

    “hominy grits”

Oxford Dictionary

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