Try one of the Mexican recipes par excellence: mole poblano, recognized as one of the symbols of this gastronomy. Learn about its origin and how to prepare it.
Where does the Mexican mole come from?
Originally from Puebla, the birth of this sauce dates back to pre-Hispanic times. It is believed that it was the Aztecs who prepared this dish for their lords. In the Nahuatl language, it is known as chilmulli, which means ”chili bell pepper sauce”.
There are many stories about mole: it is said that a nun named Sister Andrea de la Asunción, a boarder at the convent of Santa Rosa de Lima, wanted to find a dish that would be at the height of Viceroy Thomas Antonio and ended up creating mole.
It is currently the state of Oaxaca in which there is the greatest variety of moles, 7 in total. Mole poblano is the best known and most popular in the country, and is usually accompanied with animal protein such as chicken or pork, as well as rice and tortillas. The ingredients vary according to the tastes of those who prepare this delicious sauce.
Ingredients to prepare the mole poblano recipe
- Bitter chocolate
- Various chilies
- Rice (as a side dish)
Traditional Mole Poblano or Sweet Mole
It is typical of Puebla, in the center of the country. How is it prepared?
First prepare the chicken in a pot with water and boil, adding garlic and onion. This step is optional, some people may not want it this way and may prefer to bathe the chicken with the sauce.
Sometimes the chili peppers are soaked the night before and the next day they should be prepared, removing the seeds and white parts. In this recipe, we will soak them in water a little beforehand. Then they would be put in the frying pan to fry them lightly and add them to the pot.
In another pan add the dried fruits, almonds, peanuts, walnuts and raisins. Later, add the spices, cinnamon, anise, pepper, cloves and then put diced tortillas. On the other side we would roast the tomatoes, onions and garlic.
On the other hand, we roast the tomatoes, onions and garlic. When everything is very well cooked, we have to grind the chiles and pass through the blender all the ingredients that we have been cooking and then mix them and add it to the pot to create a sauce. garlic. Boil for at least 30 minutes and add the chocolate to give it its characteristic color.
This mole is original from Oaxaca and is green. To achieve this characteristic color, green chiles, herbs, leaves, seeds and the original ingredients are used.
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