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Pack the tamale pot with extra corn husks. This adds flavor to the steam and improves the flavor of the tamales.
Whip the masa harina with the lard, butter or shortening. Whipping adds in air and ensures a light and fluffy tamale.
Tortilla masa is ground finer than tamale masa. For a moister and smoother dough try tortilla masa mixed with lard.
For a more savory tamale add spices to the masa harina before adding the lard. Some examples include paprika, garlic powder, chili powder and ground cumin.