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.

Des-Mex Quesadillas

Des-Mex Quesadillas

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.

Des-Mex Quesadilla

Des-Mex Quesadilla

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.

Des-Mex Quesadilla Filling

Des-Mex Quesadilla Filling

 

Quesadilla Salsa

Quesadilla Salsa

These Des-Mex Quesadillas are very easy to make and will disappear in minutes.

My new Paneer Makhani recipe combines two of my favorite flavors in one recipe: creamy homemade Indian cheese with a mildly spiced tomato sauce. It is very easy to make!

 

First I pan fry cubes of paneer in a bit of oil to get a beautiful golden brown color on the sides. Then I create homemade tomato puree that is then enhanced with spices and a bit of cream to give this popular curry its trademark rich flavor.  This recipe is usually served with naan which people use get every single drop, however, plain rice works as well.

 

North Indian vegetarian recipe for Paneer Makhani.

North Indian vegetarian recipe for Paneer Makhani.

 

Try my Paneer Makhani recipe any night of the week and your family will thank you for the delicious addition to your repertoire!

 

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