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Paneer Quesadillas


How to make Paneer Quesadillas

How to make Paneer Quesadillas? It is an easy recipe. My culinary skills are limited to mostly Indian recipes and if you can call it another country then definitely Chindian (Indian Chinese) food.  I rustle up some Mocktails here and few desserts there that are not Indian sweets or mithai. After all these years of cooking, you might think I am done with learning. No, not at all. I believe that learning is a never-ending process. Whatever I cooked for the kids or the husband was relished and polished off.  My son is married to a Mexican and Karina, my daughter-in-law is from Guadalajara, Mexico but looks so very Indian, that everybody accepted her into the family fold with open arms. I am glad that she speaks English or else I would have been struggling with Buenos Dias or Hola and Adios!!

Tortillas

When I am visiting them or when Karina is here I try my hand at Mexican cuisine. My son, Pratik is a good cook and he helps me out most of the time. In India, we kept looking for Tortilla flour. Scoured the net for how to procure it here or make it at home. But then Tortilla is made of special corn flour called masa harina. Masa harina is corn flour that has been treated with calcium hydroxide or “lime” which makes it more nutritious by releasing the niacin in the corn, and easier to digest. We tried the ready-made tortillas too available in the supermarkets but they were not good.

Tortilla

I then made tortillas with basic flour and made Enchiladas with different fillings of chicken, shrimp or cottage cheese (paneer) which she liked. I became an expert at Pancakes too. My son picked up a ready mix for pancakes at the supermarket, but Karina said that she preferred the ones that I made ……well Gracias!

How to make Paneer Quesadillas

Thus started my Mexicano cuisine connection! Though I must again say that it can be more Mexindian….. Jajajajaja (instead of hahaha ). The other day I had quesadillas at a restaurant and felt that I could make them better! (Self-praise is ok when nobody else does it, isn’t it?) So, I did try Paneer Quesadillas at home and they turned out perfect. Just toss paneer in olive oil and add the light spices and yoghurt, fill in the tortillas and serve with salsa or any dip.

How to make Paneer Quesadillas

Ingredients:

For the dough

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup whey (the residue while making paneer or cottage cheese)

2 tbsp yoghurt

Pinch of salt, sugar

Method:

Make the dough with all the ingredients and cover with a damp cloth. Keep aside for an hour. Roll out tortillas and roast them on a griddle. Keep aside.

For the filling
Homemade Paneer

100 gms paneer cubed (Cottage cheese)

4 tomatoes blanched and pureed

1 onion chopped fine

Few flakes garlic

Pinch of oregano, thyme

4 fresh basil leaves

2 jalapenos

½ tsp. chilli powder

Salt to taste

1 tbsp. cream

1 tsp. Olive oil

Little chopped cilantro

Method:

On a non-stick pan drizzle a little olive oil and toss the paneer cubes till nice and done. Remove from fire and keep aside.

Take a pan and add a few drops of olive oil just to smear the pan. Once hot add the chopped onion, garlic and jalapenos. Sauté till pink, now add the blanched, peeled and pureed tomatoes. Cook the tomatoes till the oil floats on top. Add the tossed Paneer cubes and salt, chilli powder, thyme and oregano. Add 1tbsp cream and remove from fire. Add the cilantro. You can make the filling of your choice ; minced meat, chicken, bacon or shrimp!

Spray some olive oil on a non-stick griddle. Fill the tortillas with the paneer filling. Lightly roast and flip gently. Serve hot with a white sauce, salsa or any dip of your choice.

Paneer Quesadillas

Are these Paneer Quesadillas to your liking? You can check out the recipes for tomato and avocado salsa.

How to make Paneer Quesadillas #BlogchatterA2Z
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Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Method:
  2. Make the dough with all the ingredients and cover with a damp cloth. Keep aside for an hour. Roll out tortillas and roast them on a griddle. Keep aside.
  3. Method:
  4. On a non-stick pan drizzle a little olive oil and toss the paneer cubes till nice and done. Remove from fire and keep aside.
  5. Take a pan and add a few drops of olive oil just to smear the pan. Once hot add the chopped onion, garlic and jalapenos. Sauté till pink, now add the blanched, peeled and pureed tomatoes. Cook the tomatoes till the oil floats on top. Add the tossed Paneer cubes and salt, chilli powder, thyme and oregano. Add 1tbsp cream and remove from fire. Add the cilantro. You can make the filling of your choice; minced meat, chicken, bacon or shrimp!
  6. Spray some olive oil on a non-stick griddle. Fill the tortillas with the paneer filling. Lightly roast and flip gently. Serve hot with a white sauce, salsa or any dip of your choice.
  7. Are these Paneer Quesadillas to your liking? You can check out the recipes for tomato and avocado salsa.
Recipe Notes

If you have no Tortilla flour then use regular flour.

You can make Quesadillas with filling of your choice.

Harjeet Kaur
jeetjinder@gmail.com

My writing was limited to school essays and projects for my kids and out of the blue, my writing career began with writing articles for the magazine section of a reputed national newspaper. I rediscovered my best subject at school and began writing with gusto. I had a weekend column in the newspaper which was well appreciated. I started off writing about Interiors and Gardens and later diverse topics like Fashion, trends, food and events in the city. Juggling my time between various jobs down the years and my writing, I have written content for fliers, brochures for colleges, speeches, social media content and also website content. I love writing and I am open to writing on a plethora of topics. My blog has some interesting insights into my life and travels but now it is mainly a food blog as I am growing organic vegetables and cooking my own produce is very therapeutic. Read my blogs to know me better. I write from my heart and what I write is what I feel... I feel a feel, A funny feel A funny feel, feel I! If you feel the feel I feel You'll feel the same as I!!

20 Comments
  • Shalini
    Posted at 00:28h, 19 April Reply

    Thanks for the recipe. I’, definitely going to try this!

    • Harjeet Kaur
      Posted at 19:40h, 19 April Reply

      My pleasure Shalini..thanks for the appreciation.

  • Sanjota Purohit
    Posted at 00:41h, 19 April Reply

    Quesadillas are my favorite. Goes best with dinner or breakfast, They look yummy 😉

  • Vartika
    Posted at 02:48h, 19 April Reply

    Not a fan of Mexican cuisine still I prefer quesadilla over burritos or enchalidas. I will try it with paneer filling.

    • Harjeet Kaur
      Posted at 19:38h, 19 April Reply

      Thanks, Vartika…we all have our different tastes…I am a fussy eater and I don’t try most cuisines.

  • abhijit
    Posted at 13:58h, 19 April Reply

    Nice dish. Great Indian – Mexican joint venture. May be you should open a shop. It will give a nice competition of Indo – Chinese cuisines.

    • Harjeet Kaur
      Posted at 19:37h, 19 April Reply

      Thank u for the suggestion Abhijit…Wonderful idea and I have thought about it many times. I am not good at business and I have no support as I live alone so I cannot take that up.

  • Priyanka Nair
    Posted at 14:24h, 19 April Reply

    It’s always great to read such amazing recipes, and the most exciting part is when we have all the ingredients to try one.

    • Harjeet Kaur
      Posted at 19:35h, 19 April Reply

      Thank u Priyanka..that’s so true. I live in a small city and do not get all the ingredients here and I feel so frustrated sometimes but now we get everything online. But like u said the most exciting part of a new recipe is when u know and have all the ingredients.

  • Roma
    Posted at 15:08h, 19 April Reply

    The dish looks so yum dear and I am so glad you made it for your daughter in law. I loved the recipe and will surely try it 👌😊, Do concert these recipes into an ebook at the end of the challenge

    • Harjeet Kaur
      Posted at 16:34h, 19 April Reply

      Thank u so much, Roma…I don’t know how to compile a book and I am travelling from 25th. Can I do it next month?

  • Pr@Gun
    Posted at 18:53h, 19 April Reply

    quesadilla is a complete meal, I love them, and have added in my tiffin post too today. Will surely try this yummy paneer one for sure.

    • Harjeet Kaur
      Posted at 19:33h, 19 April Reply

      Thank u so much Pragun. It is nice and filling even for kids. My grandson loves them too.

  • Shilpa Garg
    Posted at 22:05h, 19 April Reply

    Love these Mexindian paneer quesadillas. They look very tempting, Harjeet. Feel like picking one off my laptop screen!! 😀

    • Harjeet Kaur
      Posted at 18:32h, 20 April Reply

      That’s so sweet Shilpa…Thank you…..wish I could pack some for u. My bahu rani relishes them but she doesn’t live here.

  • Manas Mukul
    Posted at 00:50h, 20 April Reply

    Delicious recipe and delicious pics. Nice choice and use of Q.
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    • Harjeet Kaur
      Posted at 18:29h, 20 April Reply

      Thanks Manas…Mexican daughter-in-law after all 🙂

  • Noor Anand Chawla
    Posted at 16:51h, 21 April Reply

    We love to eat Mexican food at home. Though enchiladas and tortillas are made often, we’ve almost never tried Quesadillas. I’m going to try your recipe and report back soon 🙂

    • Harjeet Kaur
      Posted at 22:05h, 21 April Reply

      Thanks Noor….glad u liked them. Do report back how they turned out. This time I went to Mexico I learnt Chillaquillas, Gorditas and Tamales. My DIL’s mom is a great cook while DIL hates to cook.I communicate via Google translate with her mom.

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