Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mexican Mania

~ Mexican Mania ~
The Indo Mexican way

Nothing can be easier than making some  power boosting, protein 

and energy packed Quesadillas. Besides being a perfect crowd pleaser ,
 this versatile Mexican snack is great kick of nutrition for tiny little 
taste buds. Wiki says - Quesadilla ( pronounce - kesadiya) is a flour
 / corn tortilla ( pronounce- tortiya) or a roti filled with a savory 
mixture containing cheese , bean mash and other ingredients , folded 
into a half moon shape and warmed till the cheese melts and 
the top becomes slightly crisp. The dish originated in Mexico 
and the name is derived from Queso - cheese in Spanish . 

A fusion of Indian and Mexican taste this Indo Mexicana version boasts

 of some boiled and  mashed kidney beans ( rajma beans ) tangy tomatoes,
 crunchy onions and peppers and a pep of  garlic - but you can add just about
 anything to customize these to your taste buds. I love my portion with some 
extra punch so off goes in lots of  green and red chillies and roughly torn
 aromatic basil ........ :) :) 

I always dream of making some  corn ones with the traditional Mexican flour  
Masa Harina someday  - but its unavailability urged me to switch over to the 
multigrain version. Hidden with the goodness of whole wheat flour, soy flour, 
oats and  some cornmeal ( makki ka atta) these are perfect for a snack or a 
complete meal.  

It wouldn't  be incorrect if i call these a colorful  makeover of the age old humble 
stuffed parantha . A generous mash of spiced veggie bean mixture , some cheese 
and lots of love is all thats required to make these .

 Even if there are some left over rotis -go ahead with those !!!! A stylish name 
some tangy accompaniment and it sets off to become a hit with the family esp the
 lil ones. Paired ours with some  mango salsa- I was lucky to spot some
imported varieties of mangoes even in this off season . But you can replace
 it with some kiwis, avocados , melons, pineapples even papayas or any soft 
pulpy sweet fruit of your liking. 

Multigrain Quesadillas 
(Multigrain tortillas filled with cheesy bean and veggie mash )

Serves 2-3 
For tortillas -1/2 cup whole wheat flour ,1/3 cup oats flour (powder Quaker Oats
in a mixer till fine ), 2 tbsp soy flour, 2 tbsp cornmeal ( makki ka atta ) , 2 tbsp milk, 
salt to taste and some warm water for kneading . 
For bean mash filling - 1 cup boiled and mashed kidney beans( rajma) , 
1 large onion finely chopped , 2 tomatos finely chopped, 1/4 cup chopped bell 
peppers , 2 tsp chili -tomato sauce ( or regular tomato sauce) 2-3  flakes crushed
 garlic, 1/4 cup  grated mozzarella /  cheddar cheese,  Salt to taste, 2-3  tsp vegetable oil 
( for shallow frying) 

Mix all the tortilla ingredients & knead into a soft pliable dough. Keep aside for
 10- 15 mins. Divide into 4 roundels & roll into flat discs or rotis on a lightly
 floured surface. Put on a hot skillet and flip once small specs appear . 
Cook from the other side till lightly browned. Place on a clean paper towel 
and cover  loosely with a cloth napkin. Keep aside. 
Heat a tsp oil in a pan, sauté garlic and onion. Add tomatoes and cook till mushy.
Mix in bell peppers, mashed beans, sauce and salt. Cook for a  min .
Spread the bean mixture on a tortilla ,sprinkle grated cheese & cover 
with the second tortilla.Cook on a greased skillet for 3-4 mins or till both
 the sides are crisp and golden.Cut into wedges and serve. 

Sweet & sour Salsa - Mix together  1/2 cup chopped ripe mango / kiwi/ 

 avocado , 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped tomato, 2 tsp lemon juice, 1 tbp finely 
chopped mint/ basil/ coriander. Season with  some salt and pepper . 
Toss well and serve. Tastes great cool. 


  1. wow mouthwatering recipe dear... so tempting...amazing clicks too :)

  2. I echo Divya's sentiments. I think Divya meant "amazing picks too :)" - if that's the case I agree with that too.

    Also wanted to say that I absolutely adore mango salsa. For some reason I never think about it unless it's put in front of me or I spot it on a menu (in a restaurant). Not sure what's up with that.

    1. Jenny I too love mango salsa . The kiwi / pineapple version is also just so lip smacking !!

  3. Wow smita love the recipe and clicks too.

  4. Delicious dish & fab pics!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  5. Delicious sure kids winner recipe.. Love the pic

  6. This looks really tasty, healthy and easy to make. Thanks to you with little time I get to cook delicious food for my kiddos. I recently saw another blog recipes for busy moms. Thanks to both of you.


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