Saturday, August 25, 2012

Quesadilla (Mexican Cuisine)

Quesadilla, a Mexican dish prepared with flour tortilla, vegetable/bean/meat and cheese filling. I prepare this usually in indian style. It's a healthy & attractive dish for kids which adults can also enjoy. Here follows the easy recipe.

For flour tortillas:
1 3/4 cups flour
2 tbsps butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking pwd
approx 1/2 cup warm milk or water

For the vegetable filling:
onions, cabbage, carrots, capsicum, sweet corn, green peas, or any vegetables of your choice
salt to taste
Green chillies - 1 to 2 as per taste finely chopped
3/4 – 1 cup grated cheese
1/2 cup Grated Paneer


1 First combine all the dry ingredients except milk. Now slowly add the warm milk or water to knead to a soft dough, kneading well for 4-5 mts. Keep aside for 30 minutes.

2 Make lemon sized balls of the dough and using a rolling pin roll the dough out into very thin rotis of approx 8″-9″ size (the usual poori size).

3 Pre-heat a griddle and place each tortilla on the hot griddle for only 2 to 3 seconds on each side and remove. They shouldn’t be roasted brown at this stage. Keep aside all the lightly toasted tortillas.

For the vegetable filling:

1. Saute the vegetables I used onion. grated carrots, finely chopped cabbage, capsicum, sweet corn, & seasoned with garlic and coriander leaves. Saute the garlic first followed by the onion & other vegetables in olive oil until they're half done about 4 minutes, season with salt and finely green chilli & coriander leaves (you can skip the saute part).

2. Let it cool down to room temperature. Now, take the vegetable filling and place in the centre of each tortilla, sprinkle grated paneer & cheese and wet the edges of the tortilla with water. Place another tortilla on top and press the edges. Take a fork and press along the edges as shown in the picture.

3. Pre-heat a griddle and on medium heat roast both sides of the quesadilla flipping over to toast both sides. Ensure that you cook it over medium heat, you want the cheese to melt inside. Drizzle some oil/butter if you want while toasting the quesadilla. Remove quesadilla onto a serving plate, slice into half/triangle with a pizza cutter. Serve hot with salsa or sweet chilli sauce.


Give variation to the filling by adding the desired vegetables.
Quesadilla can be served with avocado dip as well.

Hope you enjoy the dish! As always don't forget to share your experience & comments with me!

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