In Love with Paneer – Part 02 {Desi Quesadillas}

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Recycling old rotis! We’ve all been there at some point. I seem to be stuck with a surplus at any given time. So, when the excess paneer situation happened, an open face guac & paneer quesadilla was my go to.

It is super easy to make and it takes almost no cooking time. You can also crisp up the roti in the oven for an added crunch. Trilok loved and preferred the crisper version so here goes the recipe.

Here’s what you need:

  • A day old chapatti/roti
  • Half an avocado for the guacamole
  • Onions, chopped
  • Peppers in all colours, chopped
  • Spring onions
  • Coriander/cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Lime
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • cumin powder
  • Amchur / dry mango powder
  • Tandoor paneer masala or garam masala

Guacamole:

Guac, is the easiest most delicious thing to make. It’s also so versatile. Use it as dip or on toast, fried eggs, omelette, heck parathas even!

  • Take a ripe avocado and scoop out its flesh (use only half).
  • With a fork squish it up. Set it aside
  • In the same bowl add the chopped onions, peppers and cilantro
  • Add the salt, pepper and cumin powder
  • Squeeze in the lime juice and a drizzle of olive oil
  • Now incorporate everything. Do it with a light hand you wouldn’t want the whole thing to go from looking fresh and green to earthy and brown
  • set it in the fridge until you get the paneer filling ready

 

Paneer/cottage cheese filling:

This bit is super easy too.

  • Crush the paneer
  • In a skillet, drizzle olive oil or ghee even
  • Simmer some powdered or whole cumin with freshly minced garlic
  • Add just a pinch of turmeric powder
  • Add the chopped onions, peppers, spring onions  and sauté until a little tender but still a wee bit crunchy
  • Now add the crushed paneer to the skillet and sauté for a few minutes
  • Add salt, chat masala, amateur (dry mango powder) and tandoori paneer masala to taste
  • Remove from stove and set it aside

Roti, the base:

Smear a little olive oil or ghee on both its surfaces and pop it in the oven for about 5 mins or until crisp. Same can be achieved on a tavaa on a low flame.

Once the paneer cools off a bit, get the guac out of the fridge and divide the two fillings on the crisp roti  half and half. Garnish with coriander. Also I’ve used peppers and spring onions for the paneer prep though one can choose absolutely any kinds of veggie additions.

Viola! Open face crisp desi quesadilla is all ready for demolition!!

 

Fresh Fruit Crumble: Instant Gratification for the hungry toddler

I think most mums will concur that there are times when your toddler is so hungry he can hardly wait for you to fix him/her a snack, and when mine gets like that I have a 5 minute window to quickly get him something to eat.

Fruit has always topped my list of snacks for him. Recently, I’ve started mixing up fresh fruit with some warm pear purée or apple sauce or date paste. All the puréed stuff I already have frozen and ready to go if and when needed. Also, now that he understands what he is eating he likes to fix himself the snack so, I just place the ingredients out and he mixes them up. Fun times for the lil chef!

This snack has been our latest favorite. He loves the fresh fruit crumble. I call it the “faux apple crumble” :) It’s super easy to make and it’s delicious!

AC

Here’s what you will need

  1. Cubed fruit of your choice
  2. Two digestive biscuits coarse crumbled
  3. Date paste
  4. Fruit purée of your choice

Here’s what you will need

Layer up the ingredients the way you or your toddler would like and attack!