Q for Quesadilla | Quesadilla with curried Chickpeas

>>  Friday, September 20, 2013

There are certain letters that you will find very hard to get a regional dishes. Q being one of those. So I had decided in the beginning that I would not break my head on what regional dish I might want under this. And moreover the theme restriction, I had option of making this either under baked or international theme. Then because of a last minute shuffle again, I had to do a post under Street food. I was so happy when I read that Quesadilla is a famous street food in places like New York.

I settled for Quesadilla when I was checking out the Mexican theme I did last month. Infact couple of other letters were also suitable but I didn't want to stick to just one cuisine. So I went ahead with making those for previous edition. Quesadilla as such is a very forgiving dish. You can simply use your rotis as well to make a quesadilla. I finally understood that the concept was taken and used and yes in the end when the kids love it, why even question the thought right.

That's exactly what happened in my case. I had got a store bought tortilla pack that had six pieces in it. I wanted to make sure that all my Mexican dishes were met with that. Only to realize that Konda actually loves Mexican dishes. When I told her that I was about to make quesadilla, she was thrilled. remember she loved the tacos. So just like that I came to know that she read and knew how a quesadilla has to be prepared from her online games. 

It was a Sunday and I had made non veg for them and this was supposed to be my lunch. She refused the chicken, instead opted for this and would have completed everything, had she not knew that it was my lunch as well. She said she loves me extra for this treat. She was praising so much that I was thinking why I have never thought of making this before. I always knew that she loves anything with cheese, so it was no wonder, still I was amazed how much she loved her meal. Even now, she remembers and keeps asking when I am going to make it for her again. I must either get that store bought or make the tortillas myself.

So for Q, I have Quesadilla with curried chickpeas for you!
A quesadilla  is a flour tortilla or a corn tortilla filled with a savory mixture containing cheese, other ingredients, and/or vegetables, (often) then folded in half to form a half-moon shape. This dish originated in Mexico, and the name is derived from tortilla and the Spanish word for cheese queso. - source wiki

Quesadilla with curried chickpeas 

Ingredients Needed

Tortillas - 2

For The Filling

Boiled chickpea - 1 cup
Onions - 1 medium
Tomatoes - 1 medium
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Channa Masala - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste

Other ingredients

Onions - 1/2
Red chili flakes - 1/2 tsp
Cheese, grated - 1/2 cup
Butter to cook the tortillas

For Serving
Tomato ketchup

How to make the filling

Soak and pressure cook the chickpea till soft. 

Heat a non stick pan with oil, saute the onions, then add ginger garlic paste. Then add the tomatoes, spice powders and cook till done.

Then add the boiled chickpea and mash gently so that it becomes soft. cook till the filling becomes almost dry.

To assemble the Quesadilla

Heat a pan and warm the tortillas on both sides.

On the side facing the top, place the filling on one side and sprinkle the red chili flakes, grated cheese and fold the other end over the filling. Press well. Now cook on both sides with butter greased on top

Serve with tomato ketchup and salsa


When you have excess channa masala that you make for pooris, that can easily be used up in this way. It actually tastes so great.

The stuffing can be anything from lentil to vegetable, your kids will love it.

I am packing this for my Kid's Delight Potluck party that I am hosting this month

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Manjula Bharath September 20, 2013 at 12:03 AM  

wow very very delicious quesdilla with chick pea curry :) am drooling here !! fabulous idea and fusion in quesadilla dear :)

Priya Suresh September 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM  

I know there will be many quesdillas today, love the stuffing you went for, such a droolworthy ,nutritious quesdillas,just inviting.

divya September 20, 2013 at 6:11 AM  

Mmmm! these look so delicious....awesome clicks

Suma Gandlur September 20, 2013 at 6:30 AM  

That's a nice fusion recipe. I am still fumbling with letter Q and was thinking of quesedillas. :)

vaishali sabnani September 20, 2013 at 6:54 AM  

Quessadillas are a fav in our house too, though I never buy the tortillas..prefer to make them at home, else they turn out pretty expensive.
love the fusion with chana..cheese..i would put in some olives and jalapenos too..would make it even more authentic!!

Pavani N September 20, 2013 at 7:30 AM  

That is such a yummy stuffing for quesadillas. It sounds super tasty. Quesadillas are a regular in our home, my personal favorite is spinach and cheese :-)

Sandhya Ramakrishnan September 20, 2013 at 8:01 AM  

Love the fusion Quesedillas! This is my son favorite lunch box menu and I will try this next time when have some left over channa masala :)

Chef Mireille September 20, 2013 at 8:17 AM  

delicious fusion quesadilla

The Pumpkin Farm September 20, 2013 at 8:33 AM  

even i planned for quesadilla initially, but could not find the time, also did not want to rush, as i plan to make a full fledges mexican dinner for hubby next week for his bday, you have the entire series for me now, thanks

Nivedhanams Sowmya September 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM  

love the chickpea curry!!! and the qusedillas have come out perfectly!!


Sapana Behl September 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM  

Quesadilla with curried chickpeas and cheese! It looks so delicious . Nice fusion of Indian and Mexican flavors.

Janani September 21, 2013 at 5:08 AM  

I love the texture it looks nice.Very inviting and I like the chickpea as filling must be so yum.

Sandhya Karandikar September 21, 2013 at 9:50 PM  

Lovely idea using masala chickpeas.

Padmajha PJ September 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM  

This was on my first list too! And the chickpeas in this dish such such a delicious idea. No wonder the lil one loved it!

Rajani S September 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM  

Ah..well, may be next time you can make this just for your daughter..I am sure that will make her very very happy :)

Gayathri Kumar September 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM  

When kids enjoy what we prepare that is the happiest moment in life I think. The quesadillas have turned out very nice Valli...

Kalyani September 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM  

our entire family loves Quesies (as we call them). and i have a v v similar recipe to urs, only diff being with Rajma :-))

veena krishnakumar September 28, 2013 at 5:49 PM  

Quesadilla is my daughter's favourite and this fusion recipe is definitely a keeper!!

Preeti Garg September 29, 2013 at 12:53 PM  

Quesadilla is really so flavorful and tasty bread and love this filling :

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