Chochoyones are popular throughout the Oaxaca region of Mexico. Indentations help the dumplings cook evenly.
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
2 teaspoons aniseed
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
3 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup masa harina
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
How to Make It
To prepare soup, heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add aniseed, cumin, and garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, 3 cups water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 45 minutes. Place half of bean mixture in blender; process until smooth. Pour pureed mixture into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining bean mixture. Return pureed mixture to pan.
To prepare dumplings, lightly spoon masa into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine masa, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water and cilantro. Divide dough into 10 portions, shaping each into a ball (dust hands with masa to prevent sticking). Make a small indention in each dumpling. Bring bean mixture to a boil. Add dumplings. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in vinegar.
This soup was delicious. I make a lot of soups and am always looking for something different. I was cautious with the anise, only used 1 tsp and that was plenty but it gave a nice flavor, I would not leave it out. The only other change I made was using something called masarepa since it was the closest thing I could find to masa harina. I look forward to making this again.
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