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Green Chilli Pozole with Lotus Seeds

Soup loves seeds too! Especially the lotus seed – a staple in Asian cuisine, mostly sold in its dry, shelled form. Swap traditional Mexican hominy with lotus seeds in this recipe– they’ll soften up while cooking, similar to a bean. Baby bok choy and shiitake mushrooms add to the Eastern vibe.

Ingredients
Preparation
20 mins Prep Time 1 hrs 50 mins Cook Time
20 mins Prep Time
1 hrs 50 mins Cook Time
  • Mix chilli powder, cumin, oregano and sea salt in large bowl. Add pork, toss to coat evenly with spice mixture.

  • Heat 2 tbs of the oil in large heavy bottom saucepan over a medium heat. Add celery, onion and poblanos. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Add shiitake mushrooms, 2 tbs of the garlic and 1 tbs of the ginger. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until mushrooms are softened. Remove vegetables from pot.

  • Heat 2 tbs of the oil in large heavy bottom saucepan over a medium heat. Add celery, onion and poblanos. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Add shiitake mushrooms, 2 tbs of the garlic and 1 tbs of the ginger. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until mushrooms are softened. Remove vegetables from pot.

  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until pork and lotus seeds are tender.

  • Heat remaining 1 tbs of oil in large skillet. Add bok choy and remining 1 tbs each of the garlic and ginger. Stir-fry until tender-crisp. Divide bok choy evenly among serving bowls. Ladle Pozole into bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro and lime wedges to serve.

Cooking tip

Test Kitchen Tip: The lotus seed, also called makhana in India, is a staple in Asian cuisine. Since the harvesting season of the lotus flower is short, the lotus seed is most commonly found dried or puffed. The bitter germ is typically removed from the center of the seed before drying. Both dried and puffed lotus seeds provide an earthy, slightly floral flavor and have a firm, hearty bite when cooked. Lotus seeds are sold in Asian markets, specialty grocers and at many online retailers. Puffed lotus seeds are also sold as flavored snacks.

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