Friday, July 2, 2010

Color Mania #10 - Tacos & Black Bean Salsa

Black bean salsa

My love for food and exploring cuisines never has "The end". But then, my color mania does end up here. :( The last but not the least is one of my favorite color - black. :)

Black once again was a challenge since there are very few choices of black ingredients. Black beans is the best out of them. :) Dried black beans is suppose to be a common ingredient here in India, but for my bad luck I really couldn't find it anywhere. Never mind, the imported organic black beans saved me :)

A taco is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling. A taco can be made with a variety of fillings, including vegetables, beef, chicken, seafood and cheese, allowing for great versatility and variety. A taco is generally accompanied by garnishes such as salsa, cilantro, tomatoes, onions and lettuce.

Here is my simple yet yummy version of tacos with black bean salsa for you :)

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color mania

Color Mania #10: Black

Did you know: -
  • Black is the color of objects that do not emit or reflect light in any part of the visible spectrum, they absorb all such frequencies of light.
  • It is a classic color for clothing, possibly because it makes the wearer appear thinner and more sophisticated.
  • A black cat crossing one's path is considered bad luck in many cultures, except in England, where spotting a black cat is considered good luck.
  • Black was used for mourning by the Egyptians and Romans, and today almost all countries associate it with death and mourning.
  • The color black is associated with sophistication and power...tuxedos, limousines, judge's robes, and priests' attire are all typically black.
  • Black implies weight -- people will think a black box weighs more than a white one.
  • Black comedy is creating comedy out of a tragic event or situation.
  • Black belt is the highest awarded belt in the martial arts.
  • Black coffee is coffee without milk.
  • Blackmail is to demand payment or action by means of a threat.
I love cars in black. They give a super sophisticated look which makes me turn to it always. Will own a black BMW or Benz or even a Limousine someday ;)

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Black beans - 1 can (400gms)

Onion - 1 large

Green chilly / jalapeno - 1

Lemon juice - 2 tsp

Black pepper powder - for taste

Salt - for taste

Olive oil - 2 tsp

Taco shells - 6

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Chop onion and chilly finely and keep it aside. Drain all the water from the can of black beans.

Heat olive oil in a pan and fry finely chopped onion and green chilly till onions turn golden brown. Now add the black beans and saute till it gets soft and cooked. Add salt and pepper to it as per your taste. Remove from flame and finally pour in the lemon extract and mix well.

Black bean salsa is ready.

Fill 2 tbl spn of the salsa in the taco shell and grate cheese on top of it. Microwave at full power for 1 or 2 mins. Serve it hot and cheesy ;)

Yummy tacos with black bean salsa is ready to eat :)

Enjoy making :)

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The epicure organic black beans can had the black beans soaked in water. So it was pretty soft and I did not cook it separately. But if you had got a pack of dried black beans, you need to soak it in water over night and cook it separately and then use it for salsa.

You can add other veggies like tomatoes, bell peppers, shredded lettuce etc for the salsa. I dint use them since I wanted a black looking dish. ;)

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Written by: Nithya
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Hamaree Rasoi said...

Tacos looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

Hamaree Rasoi

Parita said...

Gorgeous and stunning pics dear..your photography has become extremely professional, keep it up!

Aruna Manikandan said...

they look great with awesome clicks.

Gr8 job dear... color mania was lovely :-) come up with more such innovative ideas and my best wishes to u.

Suhaina said...

wonderful shots. love it.

Priya Suresh said...

Delicious and tempting dish..excellent clicks and stunning salsa..

Anuradha said...

Oh wow! I loved the "I love taco" picture. Nice thought!

10 awesome colorful food in color mania. Great job... Great idea... Professionally executed. Hats off to you dear! Looking forward for more innovative ideas like this from you.

May your soul rest in peace without breaking your head with a recipe for a color all the time. :P :P

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Lovely Nithya... Fantastic click n recipe!
Blog hopping after a long holiday!
thanks for all ur yummy comments on my blog!

Vegetarian Zest said...

Wow i love it!! The beans are my all time favorite and the pictures tempt me like anything.

Hari Chandana P said...

Wowww. wonderful recipe.. thanks for sharing dear.. gr8 clicks !!

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

ohhh such a yummy treat to our eyes...really very healthy & delights...nice click...!

ann low said...

Taco looks so delicious and I love your new site.

Anonymous said...

This is an awesome post: pictures are beautiful, the text about the black colour is very informative and the tacos looks yummissimi!!

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

Awesome and professional photos. Loved the salsa with black colour

Menaga Sathia said...

delicious n cute clicks!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Tacos looks yum nithya, love the clicks...

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Nice recipe with beautiful shots.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Beautiful pictures nithi.. everything looks awesome and Color mania was lovely too !!!!

Swathi said...


Black bean salsa looks really yumm.

AvanthiRao said...

yummy one innovative too :)

tk said...

you know i hate tacos and beans
but supppper photo maa...engayoooooo

Suja Manoj said...

Looks gorgeous..delicious and tempting..excellent clicks.

Simplyfood said...

Beautiful clicks, tacos look amazingly delicious.

Unknown said...

What beautiful clicks Nithya, lovely :)

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Super click...mouthwatering.

Sowmya said...

innovative dear...color mania ends here ? :(...hope to see some other interesting recipes ....n lovely perfect clicks!...keep up the good work gal:)

Sarah Naveen said...

Super Super Lady!!! you have got amazing talent!!!

Pedhakka said...

very innovative....nice to know u get taco shells in Chennai !!

RV @ Food for 7 Stages said...

Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous... Amazing pictures Nithi.. I love the angles and color composition. It brings out the mood and the food looks AWESOME.

Raks said...

Lovely post Nithi,loved this series and it was a visual treat for sure!

Suganya said...

Perfect black dish... Loved the pics... Great job....

Suma Rowjee said...

Awesome Nithya!! U really are extremely spirited to have come up with this visual extravaganza of the color mania dishes...

Krishnaveni said...

lovely dish, delicious

Rach said...

I love black and tacos looks awesome here! Nice post on color mania. Blue lagoon with ice cream is very new for me. I always thought blue lagoon is a vodka cocktail...(coz I usually make those cocktail drink). Will try your ice cream version sometime :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Great pictures, love the color - black

AdukalaVishesham said...

beautiful clicks... Taco looks delicious

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! Yummy ..My fav too

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