Wednesday, September 9, 2009

International food feast : Mexican Tortilla and Salsa

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The time has come to try out international food in fourth sense samayal :)

A sudden thought arose to celebrate a week of International food feast in my blog. So viewers the next 7 posts would be my trial of simple versions of various cuisines. :)

The first one is here.



MEXICAN TORTILLA AND SALSA

I made tomato salsa to go with tortilla as well as tortilla chips :)



Salsa
- Pico de gallo


In Mexican cuisine, Salsa pico de gallo is a fresh uncooked condiment made from chopped tomato, onion, chillies etc. It is also called as Salsa picada.


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Ingredients:

Fresh tomatoes - 3 large
Onions - 2 medium sized
Jalapeno(Chilly) - 1
Cilantro(Coriander leaves)
Red bell pepper - 1/2
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Paprika - 1/2 tsp
Olive oil - 1 tsp
Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Salt - for taste

Method:

Boil 3 cups of water in a vessel. Slightly slit the tomatoes and put them into the boiling water. Let it boil for another 5 min. Switch off the flame and remove the tomatoes from the water and let them cool for a while. Now gently remove the skin and and cut the tomatoes into halves to remove the seeds too. Chop the tomato into small pieces.

Dice onions, bell pepper and jalapeno into small pieces too. Take all the diced vegetables in a bowl and add finely cut cilantro to it. Now add salt, olive oil, paprika, pepper and lemon juice to it and mix well.
Refrigerate for some time to blend flavors.

Tomato salsa is ready to serve. :)
Serve it with tortilla or tortilla chips and enjoy eating :)


Tortilla

Tortilla is a flat bread that is made up of all purpose flour or corn base.


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Ingredients:

All purpose flour - 2 cups
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Butter or Vegetable shortening - 1/2 cup
Salt - for taste
Hot water - 1 cup

Method:

Mix the flour and salt. Mix in the butter by hand until the mixture resembles small peas. Add the water slowly until you have a soft elastic ball. You may need to add a little more or less water, but do it slowly. You may not really need as much water as you think you do. Knead until smooth. Cover with a damp towel and then let rest 30 minutes.

Make about 7-9 equal size balls. Flatten and roll each ball into a flat round disk. Cook on a very hot cast iron skillet. Apply little oil on it if necessary. Flip when bottom side is golden, the top should be bubbling slightly when ready. Use a spatula to lift the edge and check for doneness before flipping completely. Keep the cooked tortillas warm by covering with a damp towel while you continue to cook.

Tortillas are ready to eat :) Serve it as you like. I have served it by making a pouch and filling it with salsa. :)



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Tortilla Chips

Tortilla chips is an amazing snack food. They can be made in two ways. Either by deep frying it or by baking. They are extremely crispy and go awesome with salsa.


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Method:

Make about 7-9 equal size balls from the tortilla dough. Flatten and roll each ball into a flat round disk. Now cut them diagonally 4 times to make 8 triangles. The shape is up to your creativity :)

Baking

Take a gresed baking tray and place the tortilla triangles on them leaving sufficient space between each other. Now apply some oil on the triangles using a brush. Place it in the microwave and bake for 5 min. Flip the triangles and bake for another 5 min. Crispy tortilla chips are ready.

The last pic of the post contains tortilla chips that were baked. :)

Deep frying

In case you decide to deep fry it, do remember to poke the tortilla triangles using a fork to makes tiny holes on it. This will not let the tortilla to puff up much. Now deep fry the tortilla triangles in a hot pan of oil till it turns light brown. Flip and fry for few min. Once done place it on a tissue.

Yummy deep fried tortilla chips are ready to eat. They go super cool with salsa. You can serve it by just sprinkling some paprika on top too :)

The first pic of the post consist of tortilla chips that were deep fried. You can see tiny bubbles in it.

For people who are not too conscious about oily food can surely try this one. :)

Happy making. Enjoy munching international food :)



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I am sending this to Mexican fiesta 09.

Written by: Nithya
post your queries to fourthsensesamayal@gmail.com

57 comments:

Faiza Ali said...

Yummmm...looks so yummy and tempting.

Deepti said...

wow! i love Mexican! this looks super tempting nitya, cant wait to try it!

My Experiments with Cooking said...

I love you for the first pic,seriously. Awesome ictures and food!

Anncoo said...

I love your presentation and this is yummy!

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

All look very nice and yummy. good way of presentation

doggybloggy said...

what a beautiful presentation - nithya I dont know how I am going to compete this month with all the beautiful dishes I keep seeing!

Rekha shoban said...

wonderful presentation!!!!greatttttt job.

Mansi said...

This looks awesome..lovely presentation.

Shri said...

Stunning presentation and delicious food there,Nithya:)

Parita said...

Fantastic dear! You made tortillas at home? how kewl is that :)
Everything looks mouth watering!
Send this to Mexican Fiesta festival which is being hosted here http://aromasysabores-heidileon.blogspot.com/2009/09/mexican-fiesta.html

jeyashrisuresh said...

Wow nice presentation, infact i wanted to search for the salsa recipe when i saw readymade tortillas at the supermarket.will make it soon.

Preeti Kashyap said...

these look so cute. I just love your presentation! The flowers are my favorite!

Pavithra said...

Mmmmm Looks good and Nice work nithi.. Delicious.. Love the first picture.

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Good presentation with delicious international recipe...

Vani said...

Love the first picture! Nothing like fresh tortillas, right? Can't eat the bagged ones after that.

En Samaiyal said...

Wow lovely presentation ....Kalkureeinga pa......no one can cum near u in presentation ....Awesome dear .....delight for our eyes & mouth......

Gita said...

Thats a fabulous presentation Nithya :)

Tina said...

wow..nice presentation dear..........

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Nice decoration.Perfect event recipe....

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

சூப்பர் நித்யா,அசத்தீட்டீங்க...டெகரேஷனும் கலக்கல்!!

Hema said...

lovely presentation as always nithya.. great work..

Sireesha said...

Droolyfying and tempting dish and presentation...

Prathibha said...

love those tortilla chips n salsa..

Panchpakwan said...

Wow really good presentation...loved the 1st pic.
All time fav...

priya said...

looks so tempting....n wat a creative presentation!!

Gethan said...

superb presentation. This is one of my favorite mexican dish

Abhilash Pillai said...

I dont think anyone will be able to defeat you in decorations...

Three plauses for the great artist...

leonardo da vinci.... ha ha... kidding :)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks so good. Instead of hosting an event, you guys can take a class on how to present, beautiful presentation.

Deepti said...

First time here...ur work is excellent n must say u r very creative...would appreciate if u hv a luk @ my blog
http://dipskitchen.blogspot.com

Mriganayani said...

I can't stop eating these when I get to it! love it! As always - beautiful presentation!

Priya said...

Lovely mexican dishes..droolworthy and mouthwatering dishes...

Anu said...

wow nice presentation and looks so good......

PJ said...

Hi nithya..thats a real feast indeed..Please collect an award from my blog @ http://seduceyourtastebuds.blogspot.com/2009/09/and-another-one.html

Palidor said...

Omg, what beautiful food and an even more beautiful presentation! You are so artistic and creative. I'm in awe!

Sarah Naveen said...

Nithya!!! hats off to you!!!
I am always awed by ur presentation!!!
You are a marvel girly!!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely presentation as well as the pic...looks delicious

USA Trip said...

Excellent presentation! Very yummy!!

Priti said...

Looks awesome...love the pics....shall try

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Thank you for dropping by ym blog Nithya..Wow.. Awesome prsentation... Loved the tortilla's , the presentation...
Will drop by your blog often....

Happy Blogging!!!

notyet100 said...

feel like tryin this,,.but cant as i am in Singapore,..can just drool from her,e..

Valarmathi said...

Looks awesome and yummy, Nice presentation.

Sandy said...

wow!! awesome presentation!! Can't wait to grab a bite!!

Kanchan said...

First Timer @ your blog ! I think you can give garnishing tips to all, you are awesome !!

Will keep visiting often !
Happy posting :)

nivedita said...

Hi
Lovely, I love Mexican food! Feeling like snatching from the photo and gulp it!! hehe!!!
Collect the award from my blog!!
(http://niveditaskitchen.blogspot.com/2009/09/fresh-coriander-tokkuchutney-and-award.html)

Anupama said...

Like I always say, absolutely fabulous presentation.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

I am fan of Mexican cuisine. Salsa and Tortillas looks yummy........

Nabia said...

Nithya.... fantastic looking photo! Looks so delish... I wish I could reach in through my monitor!

Shobana senthilkumar said...

Wow super presentation nithya...kalakitenga:)

kitchen queen said...

Hi I found ur blog interesting so I decided to nominate u. your award is waiting for u in my blog.

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow, lovely decor, dude truly you are an artist...keep up ur good work. Love the food too!:)

Anuradha said...

Excelente plato!!!

rekhas kitchen said...

yum feel like having those crispy home made tortillas very beautiful presentation.

Nags said...

lovely presentation :)

SriLekha said...

congrats on you award!
lovely recipe!
do visit my blog when u find time!

Angela said...

Landed here while blog hopping. Couldnt leave without saying what a fantastic presentation. Regards from Kuwait. Angela

Taste Junction said...

Hi, visting your blog for 1st time. Lovely blog...and this one sure is an elaborate affir, but a treat, I'm sure!!

Anamika - Taste Junction

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Hi hope you are doing good. Just for your info, I'm in India I was gazing thru tv channels and found that in doordharshan podhigai channel they telecasted a program called asathal samayal at the end of program they used your first tortilla flower picture to display podhigai padaipu. I'm not sure at what time the program started, may be at 1 pm and ended by 1:30. Watch it:)

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