Have your rice, filling, banana leaves, paper and twine ready. I recommend you to set everything on a big table and find a comfortable chair.
Scoop 1/2 cup of rice masa onto the banana leaf and spread out into a rectangle.
Place 1-2 tbsp of filling down the center of the rice masa.
Using the banana leaf fold the rice masa over the filling.
Bring the leaves ends together. Fold over twice to create a tight seal. Tuck the ends under. If the banana leaf breaks, don't worry we will fold it with paper.
Do the same wrap with the paper.
Tie pasteles like a present using the twine. You can boil them right away or freeze them for later.
Boil a large pot of water with salt to a boil, drop in pasteles. Boil for 45 minutes if they are fresh or 1 hour for frozen pasteles.
When pasteles are ready carefully using a pair of tongs remove them from water by the string. Put them on a plate with a paper towel, cut the twine, carefully unwrap it and enjoy!