August 11, 2007

Express Meals 1-Quesadillas

One of my express meals is quesadillas. Something I got introduced to only after coming here but due to its versatility, it just comes up in different forms on the dinner table. It can be a veggie quesadillas with peppers and mushrooms or with black beans and salsa..or even with leftover subji! The non vegetarian options are also plenty ranging from the bland to spicy. What's not to like about biting into melted cheese, spicy filling and a toasty crust?

Here are two of my easy breezy recipes.. the upper one made in a quesadilla maker and the lower one made in a cast iron skillet/tawa. I like both results but the quesadilla maker gives a hassle free- hands free experience and is hence preferred. But if you just make it once in a while, don't bother buying one... the Indian iron tawa is a natural skillet.

The tortillas used were spinach tortillas hence the greenish hue. Use any kind of melting cheese..cheddar, montery jack that can be grated, or a pre-made blend of grated Mexican cheeses.

Chicken Quesadillas
The recipe is for 2-3 people
You will need:
Peppers-2 or 3
Scallions- 2-3
Onion- 1
Green Chilies-2-3
Chicken cooked- 2 cups
Coarsely grated Monterey Jack cheese (With or without hot peppers)-2 cups
7-inch flour tortillas-6 to 8 (Use any kind of tortillas)
Cilantro-a handful
Mushrooms- 7-8 button (optional)
Pepper- 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil -1-2 tbsp
Fajita seasoning or Garlic Powder- 1/2 tsp,Paprika- 1/4 tsp, Ground Cumin-1/4 tsp

0-5 minutes: Keep all the veggies washed and ready. Heat a pan with the oil on medium heat. Coarsely chop a couple of colored bell peppers (green/yellow/red/orange) into tiny pieces.

Also chop the onion, scallions (spring onions), green chilies and mushrooms if you have any. (I didn't have any!)Use a chopper to speed up the cutting. Use just one veggie or all together. Wash and chop the parsley or cilantro. Use any leftover grilled chicken, shred it or cut into tiny pieces. The type of chicken marinade used for grilling changes the flavor of the quesadilla. YOu could even use boiled chicken or leftover rotisseri chicken.

5-8 minutes: Heat a pan with the oil, and saute all the veggies except the green part of the scallions and the cilantro. Add the chicken after a minute. If you have any ready made fajita seasoning, you could sprinkle that instead of the garlic powder, cumin and paprika. As soon as the veggies look wilted,turn off the flame and add the leaves. While it is cooking, grate cheese, preheat the quesadilla maker, and get the tortillas ready.

9-17 minutes: Lightly grease the quesadilla with olive oil on one side and place the oiled side down on the maker. Sprinkle with 2-3 tbsp of the mix, and then cheese and cover with the second tortilla. Toast for 2-3 minutes or as per the instructions. Remove and let cool before cutting. You could make 3 full quesadillas in 8 minutes. Use the waiting time to make a guacamole or salsa if required.

Three Pepper Quesadillas :
Saute thinly sliced (not diced now) peppers, onions, chilies (or jalapenos), with salt, pepper, and fajita seasoning or garlic powder and paprika. Or saute it as per the fajita filling I had previously blogged about.(Add chicken if you want to.) Add cilantro and a dash of lemon juice and salt. Make the quesadillas as before, alternating a layer of the filling and then cheese.

Skillet Quesadillas: Refer to this post for skillet version.


Coffee said...

That looks absolutely tempting Shaheen! Never knew about something called as Quesadilla maker!!

Nupur said...

Oh, those look so delicious! Your quesadillas are just picture perfect. This is one my very favorite express meals too :) but I just make it in a pan with a heavy weight on top.

Mishmash ! said...

When I saw the first pic, I was so jealous thinking your Ques's look so perfect....pinnalle karyam manasilaye :))) I am yet to have lunch and now I want that ...too tempting:)


Laavanya said...

That looks so good Shaheen!

Pavani said...

Yum.. yum.. quesadillas are welcome anytime in our kitchen.. Quick and delicious. Your picture looks awesome.

Anonymous said...

That is a super quick idea: I could use regular roti or taortillas made earlier! Fajita masala - I need to find out about this spice mix now.

Shah cooks said...

coffee... i guess singapore doesn't have too much mexican food. still u could do it with a tawa.

Nupur,that works very well.would love to see ur fillings.

shn,saw the last photo.. that how it looks without the maker.:)

lavanya, thanks.

Pavani, goo dot know u too make ques often.the varitey of fillings is so good.

Anita, fajita masala is a blend of garlic powder, cumin, paprika, parsley flakes, onion spowder etc.. but if u just add garli, paprika (or kashmiri mirch powder) and parsley or cialntro, u get the similar flavor.

indosungod said...

Shaheen, no doubt you make the best quesdillas ever. I made the Potato Quesadillas but used chapatis instead, DD has been asking for it again and again.

Glad yours liked the Dal Rasam and again thanks for letting me know.

Sharmi said...

the Quesadilla maker is sure worth it. looks so nice.

sunita said...

I love quesadillas...quick to assemble and nice to eat, and with a variety of options...your's look very tempting indeed :)

Pooja V said...

Quesadilla is one of my favourites...i can never get enuf of mexican food...Yumm!! They are terrific looking.

Anonymous said...

i made quesadillas yesterday. But wasn't really an express meal!!!

Mostly because i made everything from scratch - flour tortillas, salsa sauce, sour cream with mashed beans and grated veggies.

On the brighter side I still have the essentials that help me put together a meal of quesadillas in minutes :D

Quesadilla maker sounds handy. Love the pics - spinach gives such a lovely shade :)

Padma said...

Fabulously tempting chicken quesadillas...and nice n quick recipe with neatly explained post. Have to grab few from that plate, Shaheen

amna said...

these look yummy! unfortunately, its difficult to round up the ingredients in India :(

looking forward to the round up :)

Priyanka said...

Wow the quesidillas looks so tempting Shaheen.... the pictures are worth drooling....

Viji said...

woww looks yummy shaheen:-) U know something,I have something waiting for u in my blog.