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April 13, 2016

Easy Mexicana recipes for foodies

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Mexican cuisine incorporates a lot of spices, herbs and proteins. It is also an amazingly relatable cuisine for the Indian household. Mexican tortillas, quesadillas, tostadas, might seem like tooth breaking words but are actually very easy to make with your every day kitchen ingredients. Here are 3 lip smacking Mexican
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Mexican cuisine incorporates a lot of spices, herbs and proteins. It is also an amazingly relatable cuisine for the Indian household. Mexican tortillas, quesadillas, tostadas, might seem like tooth breaking words but are actually very easy to make with your every day kitchen ingredients. Here are 3 lip smacking Mexican dishes which will tickle the taste buds of any food lover-

Corn Tortillas

Almost all the Mexican dishes incorporate tortillas. While tortillas are easily available in market you could also make them at home. Here is quick and easy way to get started with corn tortillas recipe:

Ingredients- 2 cups Corn flour (Makai ka Atta)

Water- 1- 1 ½ cups

Put flour into a bowl, add water and mix into a soft dough that just holds together. Cover the bowl with a cloth and leave for 15 minutes.

Preheat gas oven to medium. Knead dough lightly and shape into balls, press them and flatten out. Cook in a non stick pan for a minute until it starts to curl.

#2 Tortilla flutes or flautas-

Unbaked tortillas- 24

2 tomatoes- peeled, seeded and chopped

1 small onion and garlic clove, chopped

2-3 tbsp vegetable oil

2 freshly cooked chicken breasts, shredded

Salt to taste

Place 2 tortillas overlapping. Put tomatoes, onion and garlic in a mixer and puree it. Season with salt. Heat 1 tbsp oil and cook puree add corns and other veggies you wish to, remove from heat and stir in shredded chicken. Fill the tortillas and pin with a toothpick or a long clove. Heat oil in a pan and fry the flutes. Serve with sliced radishes, cucumbers and olives. You could also set aside a bit of the puree as a dip.

#3 Quesadillas

14 tortillas, unbaked

For filling- 1 cup grated cheese

3 chillies seeded and cut into strips

Salt to taste

Oil for shallow frying

Combine cheese and chilli (jalapenos, olives, corn if you please) in a bowl, season with salt and set aside.

Fill tortillas, seal the edges well.

Heat oil in a frying pan and fry tortillas in hot oil until crisp. Take out and drain excess oil on a tissue paper and serve with sauce and salad.

#3 Mixed Tostadas

14 tortillas unbaked

1 cup- Rajma

1 shredded iceberg lettuce

2 cooked chicken breasts or turkey,_ thinly sliced (lightly fried chicken can also be used)

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Jalapeno to taste

Guacamole- Mash avocadoes with a squeeze of lime juice, chopped coriander, little crushed garlic, chopped spring onions, salt and green chillies.

Heat oil in a pan and fry the tortillas until golden brown and crisp. Spread each tortilla with a layer of beans and lettuce. Spread a layer of chicken on top of the lettuce. Spread a layer of guacamole and then top it with a layer of cheese.

Then? EAT!

Enjoy the rich Mexicana cuisine which is not far from the ingredients at a regular Indian household. So go grocery shopping for the cheese and avocado and make these delectables at your home. Feed yourself and your loved ones and stay high on food!

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