Tuesday, October 13, 2009

T for Tacos with a Tag

One Of The fascinating aspects of food blogging is trying out unexpected and same turning out much above your expectations. Personal Tadka is really helping me expand my culinary knowledge and learn about the whole host of cuisines not only from our country but from all over the world.

So when Divya gave this idea “Make tacos with a vegetarian twist by using kidney beans in place of ground meat.” for the JFI-Rajma event. (Indira of Mahanandi has started this wonderful JFI)IMG_2486

I put my thinking hat and come out with something which is not at all authentic Mexican Cuisine but a total fusion yet totally delicious : Tacos. =P~IMG_2509

As Divya mentioned I have used Kidney Beans – Rajma Masala as the main filler for the Tacos. About the other fillers:

  • Salsa – even it was totally Indian version of Mexican Koshimbir :P
  • Sour Cream – I used Mayonnaise :)
  • Loads of Cheese :D


Rajma Tacos – Kidney Beans Vegetarian Tacos

I prepared Rajma Masala as we normally prepare the Punjabi curry masala (Cholle Masala).

You Need :

  • Kidney Beans (Rajma) 1 cup: soaked Overnight IMG_2488IMG_2490
  • Onion: 1 qty – finely chopped or grinded
  • Tomato: 1-2 – finely chopped or grinded
  • Ginger, Garlic and Green chili Paste: 2-3 tbsp
  • Oil, Mustard and Cumin Seeds: tempering
  • Turmeric powder: ½ tsp
  • Red Chili powder: ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder: ½ tsp
  • Garam Masla: ½ tsp
  • Chole Masala: ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste

You Do:

  1. Heat Oil in Pressure cooker – then add the tempering stuffs – let them splutter.
  2. Add Onion along with ginger, garlic and green chili paste.
  3. Once the onion turns light pink add the tomatoes.
  4. Add all masalas along with salt – when the oil starts drifting apart mix the soaked beans.
  5. Mix well, and then add the water to it till it completely covers the mixture.
  6. Close the pressure cooker till the Rajma is cooked properly.tacos
  7. When done, hit the curry with open lid to evaporate the extra water : As we need dry masala dish for the Taco filler. IMG_2504

This completes the Rajma Masala – This is a very common side dish – especially very famous in north with steamed rice.

Vokay, while the Rajma is cooked we can prepare this Salsa simultaneously. This can be changed as is the requirement by adding green tomatoes or red onions or Salad Leaves. I prepared a normal basic salsa.

You Need:


  • Green Chilies: 2-3 finely slices
  • Tomatoes: 1-2 Chopped
  • Onion: 1 Chopped
  • Vinegar: 1-2tsp
  • Olive Oil: 1-2tsp
  • Chat Masala: I used MDH Chunky Chat Masala
  • Salt to taste


You Do:

  1. Heat Oil in Open Pan, Mix green chilies – as they sputter mix the onion
  2. Once Onion seems pink in color add tomatoes
  3. Once the tomatoes seem to lose its tenderness mix the vinegar,masala and salt.
  4. Remove when done – keep the consistency as required. IMG_2503

Now is the best part, filling the Taco shells, this is all about how you want the Tacos to turn out – mine were spicy and full of mayonnaise and cheese :D

You Need:

  • Corn Taco shells
  • Rajma Masala
  • Salsa
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cheese: Grated

You Do:

  1. Heat up the Taco shells as mentioned behind the box.
  2. Now be creative and layer it as you wish :D – I layered as Rajma first then mayonnaise and later salsa.
  3. The last layer and garnish of grated Cheese


Wow , Me typing this when I am fasting and just typing this making my saliva drip ;)IMG_2514

It tasted exaggeratedly delicious - I was overwhelmed with the results. We started out with two tacos each and landed eating till the Rajma Masala was over. Taco shells still there so will repeat the exercise over the next weekend – am loving it !! :x

Also sending these Cheesy Tacos to Sara for her SAY CHEESE event!cheeseevent1



For Loads of Other varieties of Tacos do visit FoodistaTaco on Foodista

Tag with a One More Award

Its not only Diwali month but my Birthday month too, So I’m used to get showered with Gifts and now thanks to my awesome foodie buddies I’ve been showered with one more Award.

Thanks a ton to Sushma and Rohini, they have shared “Over The Top Award”. I’m overwhelmed and honored, such sweet gestures really motivate me. Vuuupppiiieee Once Again !!! <:-Pove the top award

This award goes with a fun meme which has to be passed on to 6 of your favorite blogs and which has to be answered with only one word (I tried with one word but as usual changed the rules for ME to answer the questions in minimum words :D)

1. Where is your cell phone? Centre-Table
2. Your hair? Best
3. Your mother? Bestest
4. Your father? Caring
5. Your favorite food? Pav-bhaji
6. Your dream last night? None
7. Your favorite drink? Virgin Pina Colada
8. Your dream/goal? To own my own Island
9. What room are you in? Living-Room
10. Your hobby? Blogging(currently)
11. Your fear? Height+Speed(sath main)
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? On my Island
13. Where were you last night? Eating Out
14. Something you aren’t? Hypocrite
15. Muffins? (Like) Occasionally
16. Wish list item? Own a Huge Plot in Parla (Mumbai)
17. Where did you grow up? Mumbai
18. Last thing you did? Edited my Taco post
19. What are you wearing? Capri and Tee
20. Your TV? Switched-ON
21. Your pets? None
22. Your friends? Sweet
23. Your life? The way I wanted
24. Your mood? Happy
25. Missing someone? Nopes
26. Vehicle? Yeah
27. Something you’re not wearing? Rings
28. Your favorite store? Macys
29. Your favorite color? White
30. When was the last time you laughed? Couple of hours back
31. Last time you cried? Couple of days back (while watching P.S. I Love you – Must watch for die hard romatic guys )
32. Your best friend? Sweetest
33. One place that I go over and over? Mumbai
34. One person who emails me regularly? My Testing Team
35. Favorite place to eat? Any Seafood Joint

Vokay, Now passing this lovely treat to more lovely buddies:

  • Raje
  • Nithya
  • Raaji
  • Divya
  • Gita
  • Pavithra

    Wanted to change the rule even here by adding more friends but next time !

    Happy Posting :)

    Happy Diwali to ALL.. Njoy :)

    Lots of Love… Kanchan !!


    1. Lovely tacos...nice to know more abt u..

    2. Congraz on ur award,hope u get lots more and was nice reading abt u kanchan....tacos is one of my favourites,and ur look delicious too...

    3. Wow.. Absolutely Yummy Dear.. There's a "Cheese event" @ http://simplysara07.blogspot.com/2009/10/say-cheese-event-announcement.html. This dish would be a great entry for that :)
      Congrats on your awards!! You really deserve it.. The subtle humor in your writing makes me come here again and again!! :)
      Kepp rocking gal!
      And oh, wish you and your family a very HAPPY DIWALI.. And very happy b'day to you (when is it?)

    4. Wow.. tacos looks so tempting. I have never tried it before, but just for a store that sells tacos shells. So sure to give my try soon. :)

      And buddy thanks for sharing your happiness with me always. Your constant support makes me fly :)

    5. Wow the Tacos look unbeatable and so yummy Kanchan. Wonderful entry! And Happy Diwali to you too!
      Congratulations for your award dear and thanks for sharing it with me. I am so happy to receive it from you. Will post it soon.

    6. @Prathibha,
      Thanks dear.

      Thanks to you for the lovely award :)

      Thanks a lot for telling me about the event, will surely add it :D
      Thanks to you for the lovely award and so sweet of you to appreciate moi :)

      Theres a bit of time for my bday..its 27th, but I consider October as my Official bday month, so I expect pampers from all ;)

      Yeah even as soon as I gotto know aout this Italian store which sells everything continental to mexican , I jumped on the opportunity - now next aim is burritos :D

      You really deserve the award dear .. Congrazz :)

    7. Congrats on ur awards dear...pls come n collect ur awards from my blog dear

    8. @Aysha,
      Thanks a lot for Award dear, this is really very motivating !

      Thanks :)

    9. My mouth is drooling looking at these tacos:)

      Good reading ur meme!

    10. Wow this sounds and looks excellent! Making me hungry now!!

    11. Kanchan..these tacos look great! and lots of happy diwali wishes!

    12. They look great! Who cares whether they were authentic or not...they are tasty and that's all that matters. Like the click too! Very innovative recipe!

    13. Great tscos I can snack on them ny time.

    14. Lovely tacos dear. I loved it absolutely.
      Congrats for the award!!!

    15. Hey Kanchan superb recipe..mouth-watering.. but I cant make this and eat bcos of garam masala and chat masala :( ..anyways ekdum sahi..Happy diwali!!

    16. You have a nice space here and your idea to do things with a difference is great.

    17. Hi kanchan...Wish u & ur family a very happy & a prosperous diwali..hope it brings u lots of happiness and luck..have a great time and enjoy

    18. Yummy tacos, Happy diwali to u & ur family

    19. I love your version of tacos :)It looks really delicious!I came across your blog from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it's all set, Thanks!

    20. Buddy, Just stopped by to say that you have been tagged.. Pls collect your award from my blog dear! :)

    21. looks yummy. Liked this fusion..:)

    22. @All,
      Hello… yeah I’m back after a small Diwali Break!! Phew…. It was hectic break but still enjoyed it 
      So delayed Thank you to all of your lovely comments…. And delayed Diwali wishes to all, hope you all had wonderful Diwali 

      Yay!!! One More award …Thanks a ton dear, you made my day once again!

      Thanks for the information, will go through the link and would love to add the widget.

    23. Hey buddy, ur b'day gift!! You've been tagged again! Please collect your award dear!

    24. Hi Kanchan thank you for the wonderful entry for my event.

    25. @Rohini,
      Thanks a ton dear for lovely bday gift! This means a lot to me :)

      Thanks,Will be waiting for your cheeseful roundup ;)


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