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Friday, May 29, 2009

Home made Corn Tortillas(without Press).Bean Enchiladas with Roasted Poblano sauce.

Tortillas(tor-tee-yahs) are quintessential Mexican flat bread.I never liked the corn tortillas until I made them fresh homemade,the aroma and flavor is nothing like the store-bought kind and needless to say homemade is far healthier.

Corn Tortillas
Traditionally tortillas are made with a special kind of corn flour called Masa Harina ,nothing but corn flour that has been treated with lime.Mind you rolling the corn tortillas is nothing like rolling the Parathas or roti,using rolling pin doesn't work,the gluten-free corn dough has a different consistency from the stretchable wheat dough. A Tortillas press can make the rolling much easier but with no space to add another appliance in the kitchen,I settle with the unauthentic whatever-works method.Use a thick bottom flat pan or heavy plate to press the dough between sheets of plastic.

Flavor up!
Mix some Spinach or pumpkin puree to add some more flavor and nutrition to the tortillas.

Nutrition
A definite good news for gluten intolerant,the corn is perfect alternative to wheat.A complex carbohydrate low in fat,whole corn is good source of fiber and essential B vitamins.Check the Nutrition facts .

Corn Tortillas

2 cups Corn flour\ masa de harina(I used Quaker)
1 1/3 cup water(little more if needed)
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Method
Prepare the dough by mixing all the ingredient until smooth and well incorporated.
Cover and let sit for at least an hour.
To make tortillas without the Press
Heat a cast iron skillet or thick bottom pan on medium heat.Take a small handful of dough,place between sheets of plastic ,press using a flat thick bottom pan until evenly flattened.At this point you could use your rolling pin over the plastic sheet just to even out the edges.Carefully peel out from the plastic and roast about a minute on each side,should puff up a little.Spread some olive oil if desired before getting it out of the pan.Serve warm.Can be stacked and stored in a plastic bag(ziploc) for a month.Use it to make tortilla chips or Enchiladas ,tacos or Burritos.

Bean Enchiladas with Roasted Pablano Sauce
Beans and mild pablano pepper sauce is one variation of Enchiladas to begin with,can be stuffed with your choicest low fat meat and topped with mildest to hottest pepper sauce.Often enchiladas are baked with the sauce and oodles of cheese,but the following recipe is a simple no-bake low-fat enchiladas made with homemade tortillas.

Roasted Poblano sauce



Ingredients:
2 Poblano peppers
1/2 a medium onion or 1 shallot, chopped
1 big clove garlic,peel and chopped
1 teaspoon cumin(zeera) powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1/2 cup of fresh cilantro

Method
Char the pepper on high heat in a broiler or grill.Turn occasionally with tongs, until skin is blackened, 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to sweat in a brown paper bag for a minute, then peel the skin and remove the seeds.
Blend the roasted pepper with garlic,cilantro,cumin ,oil and salt until smooth.

For Beans Stuffing
Ingredients
2 cup Kidney or pinto beans,cooked
1 plum tomato,chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
2 cloves garlic,chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Method
Saute onion in olive oil until transparent on medium heat.Add garlic and saute for a minute. Add cumin ,tomatoes,when tomatoes are soft in about 5 minutes,add salt and beans.Cook for another 4-5 minutes.
Assemble the Enchiladas
Place some beans mixture in the middle of the tortilla,fold and place on the serving plate.Repeat same with rest of the tortillas,then pour the poblano sauce and serve.Garnish with grilled or roasted corn and fresh chopped tomatoes.

These Enchiladas is my contribution for the Homemade #4 - Tortillas at What's Cooking.

Got Some Spare Time?
Take a lesson in History and Chemistry of Tortillas from Alton Brown, Video 1 and 2.

37 comments:

5 Star Foodie said...

Delicious bean enchiladas and the roasted poblano sauce sounds excellent!

Gita's Kitchen said...

wow...tortillas from scratch...you have so much patience! Such a spicy and delicious stuffing...looks so yummy :)

Parita said...

Wow..never thought we could them at home? they look healthy and perfect

mona said...

Yummy Yummy
Yasmeen, the enchiladas with the sauce look great,
Nice clicks!

Prathibha said...

Delicious Enchiladas yasmeen....that sauce sounds yummy too..

Happy cook said...

Wow you made them home. It must be really yummy.
Lov ethe Enchiladas, would love to try them as i hav eneve rhad them.

Vishali said...

those look so yum....love to indulge :). You have wonderful weekend!

Sunshinemom said...

Lovely! I make these at home but call it makke ki roti. I am not really sure whether the flour is the same since makka flour is yellow. Maharashtrians use their fingers to pat out the disc and it puffs up so beautifully. I still am stuck to rolling between plastic sheets! The sauce and enchilada are tempting me.

Sweta said...

Must be similar to making makki di roti.The poblano sauce looks great:)

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

wow..this is awesome Yasmeen...wonderful presentation.. :)

Pooja said...

Awesome post Yasmeen! Wow home made tortillas..superb :)

sangeeta said...

ask a panjabi how to roll a makki ki roti...............reminded me of "makki di rotti te sarhon da saag"(the green colored polano sauce resembles sarson ka saag)........we panjabis make the dough with hot water (no oil used)and it becomes easy to roll.....i make the makki ki roti on chakla belan.

Cham said...

Like the enchiladas with pepper!

Uma said...

looks so delicious and tempting Yasmeen! great that you made tortillas at home :)

Priya said...

Delicious enchiladas with roasted pepper...looks gorgeous!

Poornima Nair said...

Homemade tortillas would be so much better...the enchiladas and the roasted sauce sound heavenly.

Sharmila said...

This can be such a lovely full meal Yasmeen! Love that sauce. :-)

Varsha Vipins said...

Love that spicy sauce Yasmeen..kudos to ur effort..grt lookign tortillas..:)

jayasree said...

Corn tortiallas sounds similar to the makki ki roti. Raosted sauce sounds delicious. Lovely presentation.

notyet100 said...

look so yummy,...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wanna grab and hav a bite!! Looks tempting!

Vibaas said...

roasted poblano sounds yum! :)

Divya Vikram said...

That is a lot of great effort put into those delicious looking homemade tortillas. Lovely..

Chef Jeena said...

Fantastic home made tortillas Yasmeen and the filling sounds so delicious.

Jen said...

I don't like the store-bought ones either,these look so much tastier

Foodie said...

I make tortillas just like this,bean filling sounds very hearty,the sauce is mild and nice.

Peppy said...

Like the way you presented it,I'm all for mild peppers can't dare to eat the hot peppers.

n33ma said...

I love tortillas but have never made them myself ever.Such good effort on your part to eat healthy :)
Looks good!

ProChef said...

I love the flavor of roasted peppers...fresh is indeed the best.

Ben said...

Great job! Even though I make tortillas at least once a week, I don't have a press either. I also use a pan to make my corn tortillas, hehe. Everything in this post sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing it with our Homemade event :)

Soma said...

Good job! I have never made the traditional tortillas at home from the lime treated corn flour.. good idea to use a pan to squish it flat:-)

I love poblano peppers & have it at home most of the time!

Ivy said...

You did a great job Yasmeen with those tortillas and the enchiladas sounds delicious.

rahin said...

I always knew that home made corn tortillas taste good , but never tried them , never thought them to be easy :)

Aparna said...

I saw this at Ben's too and wanted to say how good they look.

Shabs.. said...

Hi yasmeen, looks delicious and healthy...And nice clicks too...
By the way,I was just wondering how u put many pics into a single block.I was trying to put so from here and cudnt do it.Could you pls tell me which software u use for doing that?
cheers

Yasmeen said...

Shabs,I use picasa and its free.check it outhere.

Maxine said...

Thank you so much for the corn tortilla recipe. I have been looking and looking for one that didn't involve a press. And who needs a press when they have a perfectly good rolling pin. Thanks again, great site.
-Maxine

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