August 07, 2006

Mexican Burrito, Indian Twist

Due to the heat last week, I was cooking in stages. I was thinking of recipes I could cook without spending much time in the kitchen. The vegetarian Mexican burrito with a Desi twist was an outcome of that plan. I cooked the beans first, then made salsa and guacomole, cut salad and did the chapatis next. I had some leftover rice which came in handy too. Putting it all together was the easy part.

We were so hungry by the end of the process, this is the only picture I have of the finished burrito! You can add meat or chili to the beans and that would taste good as well.

Here is what you'll need.

For Chapatis
2 cups wheat flour
1 tspoon oil
1/2 tspoon salt
Warm Water

Make a dough and set aside for 30 minutes.
Roll out thin, big chapatis.
Heat a tava, make the chapatis.

For Salsa
2 medium tomatoes
1 Medium onion
2 green chillis
few sprigs of cilantro
2 tbspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Make thin slices of the tomatoes, onions, and chillis. Chop cilantro.
Mix it all together and set aside for 30-45 minutes so that everything mixes together.

For Guacamole
1 ripe Avacado - should not be too soft
1 clove garlic
1 tspoon lemon juice
salt to taste

Cut the Avacado and make it into a paste. I don't use a processor, instead use a fork to mash it together.
Add garlic paste, lemon juice, salt and keep aside.

For Black Beans
1 can black beans
1/2 onion - chopped
cube of ginger- paste
1 red chilli
1 tspoon cumin seeds
1/2 tspoon coriander powder
1/2 tspoon oil
Salt to taste

Wash the black beans to take out the excess salt.
Heat oil and temper with cumin seeds and chilli.
Add ginger and onion. Saute for a 2-3 minutes.
Add black beans, coriander powder and salt.
Cook on low heat for 7-8 minutes till the water disappears and the beans are cooked.

For Salad
1 cucumber
1/2 onion
salt and pepper to taste
Cut the cucumber and onion into small pieces.
Add salt and pepper and keep it aside.

Building the Burrito
Put 1 heaped tbspoon black beans on the chapati.
Then add 1 tbspoon of rice.
Add a nice helping (about 11/2 tbspoon) of salad.
Then add 1 big tspoon of salsa.
Top it off with a tspoon of guacamole.
Roll the chapati. (I usually roll it in a napkin and secure it with a toothpick. It avoids the messiness.)
Serve with tortilla chips.


  1. Nice recipe for burrito Mandira. Last week I prepared burrito bowl simply by guessing the ingredients. Next time I will try your version. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This looks really delicious, and with a whole wheat tortilla it would be perfect for my diet too.

  3. Shilpa - Thanks. It is a simple recipe and makes a nice meal.

    Kalyn - Thank you. It was delicious! Do give it a try.

  4. Anonymous11:31 AM

    very complicated recipe

  5. Wow! I feel like to eat one now. :)

  6. Arijit - ki bolcho? This is so simple, just a matter of getting the ingredients together.

    Thanks RP. We enjoyed the burritos too :)

  7. Ami Guacamole banabo aajkey ..tumar recipe diye Mandira ..sodhu ekto dry chilly flakes add korbo ..Thanks..hugs

    1. Jaya, I have also tried it with tomato, kancha lonka, aar pyaaz diye. Ota o khub bhalo hoye. Try korte paro.


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