Monday, 26 May 2008
DescriptionThis brick-red mole, courtesy of Restaurante El Naranjo, is made with chile ancho, sesame seeds and almonds.
At a glance
Clean the chiles with a damp cloth, then discard the seeds and stems. Roast the chiles slightly on a hot skillet. Transfer to a pot with hot water, and let them soak for 20 minutes.
On a separate skillet, dry-roast the tomatoes and the unpeeled garlic cloves.
Add 3 tablespoons oil to a skillet and fry the bread until pale gold. Add the blanched almonds, sesame seeds, oregano, black peppercorns and cloves. Reserve.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a big pot, blend the chiles with enough fresh water, and add to the pot. Let it fry for about 8 to10 minutes. Blend the reserved nuts and spices along with the tomatoes, garlic, and enough water. Add to the cooking pot.
Blend the cinnamon with a little water and pass through a sieve over the mole. Simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes.
Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Let cook for 15 minutes, then add salt and sugar to taste. The mole should cover the back of a spoon.
Add boiled chicken (see below), let simmer for 10 minutes, and serve with rice and tortillas.
To cook the chicken: Bring 2 quarts water to a boil, add ½ onion, 3 cloves garlic and salt. When boiling, add the chicken pieces and let it boil until the meat is done.