I’ve been on a homemade Mexican(ish) food binge the last few days. After eating fajitas, naked burrito bowl and quesadilla I wanted to try something different while also using up leftover tortillas and various sauces. What started as an experiment ended as an extremely delicious, healthy and flavour-explosion in my mouth! I promise you, once you try this recipe you won’t need the excuse of using leftover food to make this!
- 4 corn tortillas
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 1 small bunch broccoli, chopped into small florets
- 3 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2 handfulls of rocket, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup baba ganoush
- 1 cup roast vegetable pasta sauce (or enchilada sauce)
- 1tspn paprika
- 1tspn cumin powder
- 2tspn olive oil
- salt to taste
- cheese for garnish (optional)
- Heat oven to 220C.
- Stack the tortillas on top of each other, place on a cutting board and cut into 6 wedges. (Think of the stack as the face of a clock and cut 3 lines through the stack: 12 to 6 o’clock, 2 to 8 and 4 to 10 o’clock).
- Line a baking tray with grease proof paper. Spread tortilla wedges in a single layer and bake for 10mins. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. (Taste one to make sure it’s crispy enough. Taste another with the baba ganoush and a third with the pasta sauce. Tell yourself off for being greedy and go back to cooking)
- Heat oil in a frying pan. Once heated add garlic and saute until golden. Add sliced onions, sprinkling of salt and cook till onions are soft.
- Add broccoli florets, paprika, cumin and fry till broccoli is cooked but still has a bite to it.
- Add baba ganoush and pasta sauce to the pan.
- Mix it all up. (Eat a couple of chips with the sauce; just to make sure it tastes alright of course). Adjust seasoning.
- Add the crispy chips to the pan, 1/4cup water, rocket and simmer for 5mins or just until the chips have absorbed the flavourful sauce and have started to go soft but are still chewy and a bit crunchy.
- Garnish with cheese. I did this for the pictures but honestly this dish is creamy and flavourful enough even without it. I’ll leave the cheese out next time.
- Transfer to a bowl and enjoy straightaway!
- Feel free to experiment with different veggies. You could use mushrooms, peppers or fresh corn.
- Throw in some cooked beans and some shredded chicken/pork for extra protein. You could even top this with a fried egg if you fancied!
- Whatever variations you try I’d suggest not swapping some things like garlic, red onion, baba ganoush (for the creaminess and smokiness it imparts to the dish), red sauce, rocket and the spices as they provide great depth of flavour!
- I used corn tortillas coz they retain their chewiness and crunchiness even after adding to the sauce. You could use flour tortillas too but these will likely go soggy.
The tried and tested combo of mushrooms, spinach and cheese never gets old! I go through phases where I can’t get enough of it and end up eating it for at least half a week either in pasta dishes, wraps, veggie bowls, naked burrito bowls, quesadillas, omelettes or just stacked on some wholemeal sourdough bread. This recipe makes for a super quick and comforting mid week meal!
- 2 corn tortillas
- 100gms cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 50gms spinach, roughly chopped
- 1/2 large white onion, sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, 3 sliced and 1 minced
- 150gms of greek yoghurt
- 75-100gms of cheddar, grated (use as much or as little as you like)
- salt, black pepper and balsamic vinegar
- 1-2tbspns of olive oil
- I start with the onions to give it time to caramalise slightly. Heat 2tspns of oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Add onions, stir fry for a couple of mins. Lower heat to medium-low, add a pinch of salt and a couple splashes of balsamic vinegar and let it cook till you prepare other ingredients.
- In a separate pan, cook spinach until slightly wilted, transfer to a bowl and let cool. Drain excess water once cool enough to handle.
- Heat remaining oil in the same pan, add sliced garlic. Once they start turning golden add the mushrooms, some salt and stir fry till cooked but still chewy. Keep aside (in a sieve if it’s too watery).
- Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel. Make sure the pan is hot, heat one corn tortilla for 10secs on each side. Add half the cheese, add some salt and cracked pepper, wait for 5secs or so before transferring to a plate to let the cheese melt completely. Repeat with the other tortilla but leave this one in the pan.
- Top with wilted spinach, transfer from the onions from the other pan onto the tortilla, add the mushrooms.
- Add the other tortilla with the melted cheese onto this stack, cheese side down (duh).
- Cook on low-med heat on both sides until the tortilla turns crispy (to your liking). While this happens add minced garlic to the greek yoghurt, salt to taste and give it a quick whisk. Adjust seasoning as per your taste. You could also use sour cream for this.
- Transfer quesadilla to a plate and cut in half. Dip the hot, cheesy and crispy goodness in the garlic sauce and devour!
I don’t have the exact measurements for this so I’ll try and approximate but adjust the seasonings as per your liking.
- 500gms Morning Glory, stems only but leave some leaves on
- 2tbspn sunflower oil
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- Salt to taste
- .5tspn sugar
- Heat oil in a wok, on medium to high flame. Sautee garlic till golden.
- Add morning glory and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
- Add salt and sugar. Add couple of tbspns of water and cover and let cook till stems are tender but still have a bite.
This is one of my favourite bhajis (greens). Although in most parts of the world, dill is used as a garnish, in India it is prepared as a dry curry. (Any greens prepared as curry is called bhaji). This is my mum’s recipe; It’s very simple and healthy and tastes splendid with sorghum rotis smeared with ghee.
- 1/2kg dill (called shepu in marathi), chopped
- 1/4cup yellow split moong dal, rinsed and soaked for atleast 30mins
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 3 big cloves garlic and 3 green chillies, ground to paste
- 1 onion medium, chopped
- Salt, to taste
- 3tbspn sunflower oil
- Heat oil in a wok, saute garlic till golden.
- Add onions and fry till they turn reddish. Add garlic and chilly paste and fry for couple of mins.
- Add dal and fry for another 2-3mins.
- Add dill, 1/2 cup water and stir. Cover and cook on low flame until lentils and cooked and most of the water is absorbed.
- Adjust salt and serve with fresh rotis!