Meaning: (In Mexican cooking) a thin, flat pancake made from maize flour, eaten hot or cold, typically with a savoury filling. (In Spanish cooking) an omelette.
Etymology: Spanish, diminutive of torta ‘cake’.
Usage in a sentence: “She preferred using wheat tortillas to make burritos.”
The reason why I found this word weird is the way I used to pronounce it, before I started editing the Spell Bee Guide in 2013.
I’m sure you’ve figured out the joke by now. I used to say: ‘tawr-tee-luh’. I didn’t know better, and even pronounced ‘quesadilla’ in the same fashion. It was only once I started doing some intense research, that it was pronounced as ‘ee-yuh’. Such a dumbo I was.
Some weird facts about tortillas (to make up for the weird story I gave you):
- According to Maya legend, tortillas were invented by a peasant for his hungry king in ancient times. The first tortillas discovered, which date back to approximately 10,000 BC, were made of native maize with dried kernel
- Five dishes are prepared using tortilla as the base :
Tacos: where the tortilla is used as a sandwich,
Enchiladas: where the filling is rolled in tortilla then coated with sauce and cooked in an oven.
Chilaquiles: thin fried strips of tortilla coated with sauce and cooked in an oven.
Quesadillas: tortilla is filled folded into turnovers and then fried.
Mexican breakfast: fried eggs on fried tortillas garnished with tomatoes, crushed red peppers and avocado slices.
- Maize tortillas are naturally low in fat (about 2.5 grams for a typical size) and sodium, and provide calcium, potassium, fiber, iron and B vitamins.
- Tortillas are widely used to make burritos in the United States.
- In appearance and use, tortillas are rather similar to the our Indian chapati and roti
Do you make tortillas at home? Which is your favourite filling? For me, anything containing chicken would be just perfect 😛