June 09, 2009

Recipes for my Cinco de Mayo feast

This post has been due for quite sometime, I posted my pics for Cinco de Mayo feast on Cinco de Mayo day (1st of May). So better late than never, here are the recipes.

Rice & Beans:
Basmati rice – 1cup, rinsed and soaked for at least 15 minutes
Black beans – 1 cup, cooked
Chickpeas – 1 cup, cooked
Zucchini – 2 medium, chopped
Carrot – 1 medium, chopped
Onion – 1 large, chopped
Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
Tomato puree – 1 cup (I used canned crushed tomatoes with basil)
Cumin powder – 1tbsp
Chili powder – 2tsp (or to taste)
Lemon juice – 2 tbsp (optional)
Green onions – 2, for garnish

Method:
  • Cook basmati rice and keep aside to cool.
  • In a large skillet, heat 2tbsp oil on medium-low flame. Add onions and garlic and sauté until onions are translucent.
  • Add zucchini & carrots; cover and cook till the veggies are ¾th cooked.
  • Add the beans; cover and cook till the veggies and beans are completely cooked through. Add tomato puree, cumin powder, chili powder & salt. Simmer for 6-8 minutes.
  • Add the cooked rice, mix well making sure that the rice does not get mushy. Add lemon juice (if using) and mix well. Garnish with green onions; serve with guacamole, salsa (or guaca-salsa) and sour cream.
For Guaca-Salsa you need:
Avocado – 1 small, pitted and flesh roughly chopped
Tomato – 1 small, deseeded and roughly chopped
Red onion – 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Jalapeno – 1 small, deseeded and finely chopped
Garlic – 1 clove, finely minced (use garlic press, if you have one)
Lime juice – 1tbsp (or to taste)
Salt & pepper – to taste

  • Mix all the ingredients in bowl and mash with the back of a spoon or a fork. Taste and adjust seasonings.
I made these quesadillas with Trader Joes Corn-Chile Tomato-less Salsa and grated sharp & milk cheddar cheese. All I had to do is layer them on corn tortillas and they were just perfect, sweet & tangy from the salsa and oozing cheese. Yumm.
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12 comments:

  1. Oh my both look divine! Loved the look of rice n salsa. Wish I could have some!

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  2. Wow now thats a feast..looks delicious..and lovely clicks my dear

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  3. I totally agree better late than never, we would have missed this fest for our eye and stomach.
    Looks so yummy.

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  4. Oh wow aromatic flavours....love those quesadillas......rice looks delectable.....

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  5. Yes, better late than never :) I have a very similar plate in my drafts, with corn salad instead of guac. I had made it for IAVW Mexican, but I used regular cheese in my quesadilla's and it did not strike me till I was editing the pics :D

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  6. I love your version of rice and beans. The recipes I usually see do not have so many veggies, and I love that you have both chickpeas and black beans in the recipe. Sounds and looks delicious.

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  7. I love your version of rice, it looks so very delicious and so very healthful too, looking forward to trying it !

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  8. Great Mexican feast! Everything looks so delicious, I would love to celebrate with you :)

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  9. gr8 treat for the eyes ! yum yum yum!

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  10. Love this mexican meal,guaca salsa is something I'd love to try very soon:)

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