Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Recipe 31/50 : Guatemala : Jocon

The ingredients of Guatemalan cuisine are corn, tomatoes, peppers, beans, plantains, tomatillos. Jocón is popular with the Mayan population of Guatemala. Chicken is simmered in a tasty sauce tinted by tomatillos and cilantro and thickened with ground sesame and pumpkin seeds and corn tortillas.
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Ingredients
2 pounds Chicken, cut into serving pieces
4 cups Water
Salt to taste
1/4 cup Pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup Sesame seeds
2 Corn tortillas, chopped, soaked in water
1 cup Tomatillos, hulled and chopped
1 bunch Cilantro, chopped 
1 bunch Scallions, chopped
5 Jalapeño chopped or to taste
Method
1. Place the chicken, water and salt into a large pot over medium-high flame. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
2. Remove the chicken to a bowl and strain and set aside the broth.
3. Heat a dry skillet over medium flame. Add the pumpkin and sesame seeds and dry roast them for 5-10 minutes. Dont burn them. Remove to a coffee grinder and grind to a fine powder.
4. Add the sesame and pumpkin seeds, tortillas, tomatillos, cilantro, scallions and Jalapeño  to a blender. Add 1 cup of the reserved broth and process until smooth. 
5. Return the chicken to the pot. Pour over pureed sauce and add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the remaining broth to give it a sauce-like consistency.
6. Heat over medium-low flame and simmer for an additional 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning and serve.

8 comments:

  1. Looks yum ..that platter is so colourful ...nice

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  2. whole platter is tempting so eat just now

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  3. Looks delicious and it is a very unique recipe.. Lovely..)
    Reva

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  4. Its lovely and I think it looks like cappati to go with it, what a perfect combo.

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  5. Mmmm... drool-worthy... Loving this...

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  6. wow..very delicious..loved the presentation..

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avandia