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Molé Israelit

Ok, fox_c asked for it, and I responded with a flip (though technically correct) answer. So instead, here is a slightly less flip recipe:

Molé Israelit

1 Tbsp cinnamon
2 Tsp cumin
3 Tbsp tahini
3 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tsp salt
1 Tbsp soup powder (bouillon)
1 onion (minced)
10-15 dried thai chiles (minced)
1/2 bar dark chocolate
2 Tbsp olive oil
6 chicken cutlets

I used chard and tomatoes, but just because that was what was in the refrigerator. I also served it with an avocado, because - well, christ, why the hell not? I mean, put enough avocado on it, and I'll eat anything. Anyway, recipe.

In a large pan, sauté the onion and chiles in the olive oil. You can also roast any whole spices in the same pan. After everything is good and cooked, put it in a bowl and mix in everything else (except the chocolate, chicken, vegetables, and rice). If you have a food processor, now would be an appropriate time to use it. You'll also want to add a bit of water, until it has a thickness approximating facial mud. I added about a quarter cup.

Sauté the chicken cutlets in olive oil - I seasoned them with a little salt and pepper, but it wasn't super necessary. Once they're cooked through, remove them from the pan, leaving the juices and the olive oil. Into this, drop your giant molé patty and cook, STIRRING CONSTANTLY, over low heat. Stop stirring it, and I guarantee you it'll stick to the pan in about 15 seconds. After you've got it good and heated through (it'll start to thin some as the tahini releases oil), add the chocolate. Continue stirring until the chocolate has melted and the whole thing has turned a glorious brick red. Serve the chicken and rice with the molé on top. Put it on the vegetables too - hell, I'd rub it all over myself if it weren't for the burning. Luckily, avocado doesn't burn when you rub it all over yourself. I've heard.

All amounts in this recipe are approximate, and you should just do what feels right. If what you do matches pretty well with what I did, I assure you it will be delightful.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 23rd, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
Awesomeness!! Am I going to make this on Sunday? Oh yes, yes I am.
Feb. 24th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
Good luck - remember that all quantities are merely approximations...so adjust things to taste as you go along :)
Feb. 24th, 2011 09:25 am (UTC)
See you're assuming I follow recipes even in the best of times. =)
Feb. 24th, 2011 09:29 am (UTC)
I was assuming no such thing...I was trying to weasel out of the blame if you don't like the end result :)
Feb. 24th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC)
Or you could blame it on my inability to follow instructions - besides, when was the last time you led anyone astray culinarily?
Feb. 24th, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
I plead the 5th.
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