What is a Des-Mex Quesadilla? The name is based on the term Tex-Mex, Texas influenced Mexican cuisine. I modified it with the prefix, Des, based on its use in India. Desi (pronounced day’-see) is the casual term Indians call each other. A desi is an Indian person, a person from the country of India. It is derived from the Hindi word desha, meaning country. So my quesadilla recipe is an Indian-influenced Mexican recipe.
This recipe is based on street food sold in India. I use chapatis, the delicious thin wheat bread that is popular in south India, instead of tortillas. I buy readymade chapatis that I simply toast on a pan or tava until they are golden brown. Of course, they can be made from scratch but that takes more time that I want to spend on a simple recipe.
I season the quesadilla with an Onion Chutney spread that is a simplified version of my husband’s grandmother’s secret recipe from India. It is thick, rich and a bit spicy.
I fill the quesadilla with a generous amount of grated cheese, sliced tomatoes and sliced onion. It is toasted on a griddle until the cheese melts and the bread turns golden brown. I cut the quesadilla into into six wedges to make it easier to eat. Finally, the quesadilla is garnished with homemade Chopped Tomato Salsa and a bit of creamy yogurt.
These Des-Mex Quesadillas are very easy to make and will disappear in minutes.