Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The Fajita Combo
When I visit the city, I occasionally have dinner at a good Mexican restaurant. The Fajitas at TexMex are really good...so much so that I decided to re-create it at home.
I made the tortillas, a cottage cheese veggie filling, potato wedges, coriander flavored rice and some salsa. The only thing missing was the sour cream. I wanted that sour cream. Badly. It preyed on my mind and I suspect it'll haunt me tonight.
The tastes were good, not exactly the same as the restaurants version, but then I don't really know their recipe. Just did some guesswork. Looked good on a banana leaf- the traditional South Indian way of serving food.
Cottage Cheese Fajita Combo
1 cup all purpose flour
2 cups wheat four
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Knead the dough into a ball and allow it to rest for more than half an hour. Split into lemon sized balls, roll out, cut into circles and cook on a skillet. The tortillas need to be turned just once- simply allow each side to puff up.
Cottage Cheese Filling-
Cut the following into matchsticks sizes-
For the paste-
3 garlic cloves
In a pan, heat some oil, add the onions and garlic and cook till it turns light brown. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 mins. Cool and make a paste all together.
In another pan, heat some oil, add the chopped onion. Cook for a minute, then add the babycorn, bell peppers and carrots. Stir frequently. Then add 3/4th of the paste and cover and cook for 2 mins. Add the cottage cheese, sprinkle some water, add salt and chilli powder. Cover and cook till done.
1 cup Basmati Rice
Two handfuls of coriander, washed
The paste leftover from the filling recipe
3/4 tsp Salt
Slightly braise the coriander in a pan till it wilts, cool and grind to a paste. Heat some oil and fry the rice till translucent and glassy. Add the coriander paste, onion-tomato paste, 2 cups of water, salt and chilli flakes. Cover, simmer and cook till rice is done. Stir only once or twice in between.
The potato wedges and salsa are simple, common recipes, nothing unique there.
So, this is quite some work, especially if you're doing it all alone. All the little things add up. I feel like I've been cooking all day. Time to rest :)