Pozole is traditionally a Mexican stew made with pozole corn or hominy, which is corn that has been soaked in lime water or has been nixtamalized. In this recipe for red pozole, jackfruit replaces the shredded meat, and chickpeas add substance. What makes this a red pozole rather than white pozole is the addition of spicy chili paste, which takes the flavor to the next level. Top this with fresh cabbage, tortilla chips, lime juice, and fresh herbs.
1 20-ounce can green, young jackfruit, rinsed, drained and pulled apart
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 medium onion, finely diced
6 garlic cloves, crushed
6 sprigs cilantro
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried oregano (Mexican, if you have it)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
FOR THE CHILI BASE:
2 dried California chilis, stems and seeds removed
2 dried Kashmiri chilis, stems and seeds removed
1 dried ancho chili, stem and seeds removed
1/4 medium onion
3 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/16 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup water
3 tablespoons neutral oil
FOR THE TOPPINGS:
Red radishes, sliced
Dried oregano (preferably Mexican oregano)
Add all the soup ingredients (the broth, hominy, jackfruit, chickpeas, onion, garlic, cilantro, nutritional yeast, sage, oregano, salt, black pepper, and bay leaf) to the pot of a pressure cooker.
Pressure cook the soup for 30 minutes, allowing for natural release. If cooking on the stove-top, cook, partially covered over medium heat for 1 hour. Add more water as it reduces. Remove and discard the cilantro and bay. Set the soup aside.
Add the chilis, onion, garlic, clove, cumin, and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, and cook, covered until tender, about 10 minutes. Blend the pot of chili and water and pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Press out as much of the pulp as possible.
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the chili puree. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 6-8 minutes. Add the reduced puree to the soup. Bring the soup back to a boil and cook for 20 minutes to marry the flavors. Taste and adjust seasoning.