Friday, January 20, 2012

Quesadilla - Tex mex special

Sometimes, I regret watching cookery shows especially in the nights when my dinner is roti and some random curry. Simply because I hate going to bed all drooling and dreaming about food. But with Masterchef Australia being aired at 9, I couldn't stop myself from promptly turning it on during my dinner time. Last season, one of the master class was about Mexican dish, quesadillas. After watching that episode I was itching to try it myself. This is my first Mexican dish and I really enjoyed both cooking and eating it.

Quesadillas are sandwiched tortillas brimming with cheese, veggies and almost anything you have handy. It is the best recipe to finish off your left over veggies and beans.
Once the tortillas and veggie stuffing is prepared, it is surprisingly quick to assemble.

makes 3 quesadillas

  • Tortillas - 6
  • Spring onions - 1 cup finely chopped greens and 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • Paneer or cottage cheese crumbled - 1/2 cup
  • Bell pepper - 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Tomato - 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Sweet corn - 1/2 cup (boiled)
  • Garlic - 1 tsp finely chopped
  • Red chilli flakes - 2 tsp
  • Oil - 3 tsp
  • Cheese - 1/2 cup grated (mozzarella or cheddar or a mix of the two)
  • Mixed herbs - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Salt

  1.  Make tortillas and keep them covered with a wet cloth.
  2. Heat oil, add garlic and saute in medium flame for few seconds. Add the onion and saute for a minute.
  3. Add the rest of the veggies, salt, red chilli flakes and mixed herbs (optional), cook till the juices dry up. Remove from heat and keep it aside.
  4. Heat the tawa and place two tortillas simultaneously (if possible). Add little oil and flip them every 5 seconds till they develop light brown spots. Spread the stuffing on one tortilla and top it generously with cheese. Place the other tortilla on top. 
  5. Cook till the cheese melts and if possible flip it once or twice.
  6. Cut it into quarters and serve hot with salsa or ketchup.

Make sure the tortillas are soft. If you leave it in the tawa for a long time, it will harden.
You can add almost anything to the stuffing.Zucchini, spinach, boiled potatoes or even cooked beans (rajma) can be added.
If you feel it is too bland, spice it up with little garam masala and make it desi style.

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