Vegetable Enchilladas

Vegetable Enchilladas

From   Firangi Tadka

Prep: 9 hours

Cook: 45 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Main Course

Type: Mexican

A traditional Mexican dish you are sure to enjoy – it is whole some too

Ingredients

  • Kidney beans (rajma), soaked overnight, cooked in water with salt and mashed 1 cup
  • Medium tomatoes, chopped 2
  • Medium onion, chopped 1
  • Garlic cloves 2
  • Oil 2 tbsps + to grease
  • Mexican seasoning 2 tsps
  • Mexican seasoning
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Red chilli flakes 2 tsps
  • Dried oregano 1 tsp
  • Tortilla dough
  • Refined flour (maida) ½ cup
  • Cornmeal (makai ka atta) ½ cup
  • Baking soda ¼ tsp
  • Topping
  • Cottage cheese (paneer), crumbled 1 cup
  • Medium tomatoes, chopped 2 to 3
  • Fresh celery, finely chopped 1 tbsp
  • Medium green capsicum, finely chopped 1
  • Spring onions, finely chopped 4
  • Processed cheese, grated 1 cup

Methods

  • To make the sauce grind together tomatoes, onion and garlic in a mixer to a fine paste.
  • Heat 2 tbsps oil in a non-stick pan, add mashed kidney beans and ½ the sauce and mix well. Add 2 tsps Mexican seasoning and mix, cook stirring till the mixture it thickens.
  • Preheat the oven to 180º C. Grease a baking dish with some oil.
  • To make the tortilla dough, take refined flour, cornmeal and baking soda in a mixing bowl and mix well. Add sufficient water and knead into a firm dough.
  • Divide the dough into equal balls. Sprinkle flour on the worktop and roll out each ball into a chapatti or tortilla.
  • Heat a non-stick tawa and roast tortillas, one by one, flipping till they are a light brown on both sides.
  • Keep the tortillas on the worktop. Put a little kidney beans mixture on each tortilla and top with some cottage cheese, tomato, capsicum, spring onion and cheese and roll the tortilla tightly to make enchiladas.
  • Spread some of the remaining sauce in the greased baking dish. Place the enchiladas on it. Pour the remaining sauce on top as well to keep the enchiladas moist while baking. Sprinkle cheese on top. Keep the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Serve hot on individual plates.
Mexican Rice Salad

Mexican Rice Salad

Prep: 3 hours

Cook: 0 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Main Course

Type: Mexican

Key Ingredients:

  • Brown rice
  • Cucumber
  • Spring onions
  • Tomato

Healthy and wholesome – an ideal salad for weight watchers

Ingredients

  • Brown rice, cooked 2 cup
  • Medium cucumber, cut into big pieces 1
  • Spring onions, finely chopped 3
  • Medium tomato, finely chopped 1
  • Fresh mint leaves, finely chopped ½ cup
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder to taste

Methods

  • Take brown rice, cucumber, spring onions, tomato, mint leaves, lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add salt and black pepper and toss.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl and serve.
Sesame Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Sesame Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Main Course

Type: Mexican

Key Ingredients:

  • Noodles
  • Peanuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sesame oil

Soft and delicious, noodles are mixed with a velvety peanut sauce

Ingredients

  • Noodles, boiled 200 tms
  • Sesame seeds (til), roasted 1 tbsp
  • Sesame (til) oil 3 tbsps
  • Peanuts, roasted and ground 1 cup + 1 tbsp
  • Ginger, finely sliced lengthways 1 inch
  • Garlic cloves, finely chopped 3
  • Spring onions, finely chopped 4 tbsps
  • Red chilli flakes ½ tsp
  • Soy sauce ¼ cup
  • Sugar 2 tbsps
  • Salt to taste

Methods

  • Put garlic, ginger and 3 tbsps spring onions in a mixer and grind. Add chilli flakes, soy sauce, sugar and 1 cup peanuts and grind to a smooth peanut sauce.
  • Heat sesame oil in a non-stick wok, add noodles and mix gently so that the noodles do not break.
  • Add peanut sauce and mix gently till all the noodles are well coated with the sauce.
  • Add salt and cook the noodles in the sauce.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with remaining spring onions, sesame seeds and 1 tbsp peanuts and serve.
Spicy Mung Beans

Spicy Mung Beans

Prep: 9 hours

Cook: 10 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Main Course

Type: Mexican

Key Ingredients:

  • Whole green grams
  • Sprouted black eyed beans

This tangy dish makes an excellent starter

Ingredients

  • Whole green grams (sabut mung), soaked overnight and boiled 1 cup
  • Sprouted black eyed beans, boiled 1 cup
  • Fresh red chillies, finely chopped 2
  • Red chilli flakes 2 tsps
  • Sesame (til) oil 2 tbsps
  • Spring onion, finely chopped 1
  • White vinegar (safed sirka) 1 tbsp
  • Soy sauce 1 tbsp
  • Fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped 3 tbsps

Methods

  • Heat sesame oil in a non-stick wok, add fresh red chillies and chilli flakes and mix. Reduce heat, add spring onion, green grams and sprouted black eyed beans and mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add vinegar and soy sauce and mix well. Add 2 tbsps coriander leaves and mix well and take the pan off the heat.
  • Transfer into a serving dish, garnish with remaining coriander leaves and serve.
Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Main Course

Type: Mexican

Key Ingredients:

  • Parboiled rice
  • Vegetable stock
  • Boneless chicken
  • Button mushrooms

The most popular Italian rice dish that’s pleasing the palates of the gourmets of the world

Ingredients

  • Risotto
  • Parboiled rice (ukda chawal), soaked for 15 minutes and drained 1 cup
  • Olive oil 2 tbsps
  • Medium onion, finely chopped 1
  • Vegetable stock 2 cups
  • Salt to taste
  • Chicken and mushroom mixture
  • Boneless chicken breast, cut into small cubes 200 gms
  • Button mushrooms, finely sliced 7 to 8
  • Butter 3 tsps
  • Oil 2 tsps
  • Garlic, finely chopped 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder to taste
  • Vegetable stock 2 cups
  • Lemon juice 2 tsps
  • Parmesan cheese, grated ¼ cup
  • Garnish
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped ¼ cup

Methods

  • To make risotto, heat olive oil in a deep non-stick pan, add onion and saute till soft.
  • Add rice and mix well. Add 2 cups vegetable stock and salt, mix, cover and cook for 10 minutes or till ¾ done.
  • To make chicken and mushroom mixture heat oil and 2 tsps butter in another non-stick pan, add garlic, mix and saute.
  • Add chicken cubes and saute on high heat till golden brown. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper powder, mix and saute.
  • Add this chicken mixture to the rice and mix well.
  • Add 2 cups vegetable stock, mix, cover and cook till all stock gets absorbed.
  • Just before serving, add remaining butter, lemon juice, parmesan cheese and mix.
  • Transfer into serving bowl, garnish with parsley and serve hot.
Chilli Oil Sauce Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

Chilli Oil Sauce Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

Prep: 35 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Main Course

Type: Mexican

Key Ingredients:

  • Red chilli powder
  • Red chilli flakes
  • Sesame oil
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar
  • Tomato ketchup

Chinese dishes are incomplete without flavourful sauces such as these two

Ingredients

  • Chilli oil sauce
  • Red chilli powder 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli flakes 1 tbsp
  • Sesame (til) oil 3 tbsps
  • Oil ¼ cup
  • Ginger, finely chopped 1 tsp
  • Garlic, finely chopped ½ tsp
  • Sweet sour dipping sauce
  • Sugar ¾ cup
  • Vinegar (sirka) ¼ cup
  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Garlic cloves, finely chopped 2
  • Ginger, finely chopped 1 tbsp
  • Tomato ketchup ¼ cup
  • Soy sauce 2 tbsps
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Cornflour 2 tsps

Methods

  • To make chilli oil sauce, heat sesame oil and normal oil in a non-stick pan on high heat.
  • Take ginger, red chilli powder, red chilli flakes and garlic in a heat proof bowl and mix. Pour the hot oil in it. Mix and set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Pass it through a strainer before serving if you do not want ginger and garlic pieces or serve it as it is.
  • To make sweet sour dipping sauce, heat oil in another non-stick pan, add garlic and ginger, mix and saute on high heat. Reduce heat, add tomato ketchup, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and salt, mix and boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Mix cornflour with 2 tbsps water in a small bowl and add to the pan, mix and cook on low heat for 1 minute or till the sauce thickens.
  • Strain before serving if you do not want garlic and ginger pieces or serve as it is.