Eating food from different cultures is now so common all over the world. It is so easy nowadays to procure ingredients to cook anything. Just check out the shelves of any grocery store in the larger cities.
They say that the Indian palate is so used to its own tastes that it is very hard to introduce new tastes. That I am not so sure is true. You find people trying out all types of food. But the thing is that it is always comforting to eat that which is already familiar to the palate.
Though from two ends of the world, isn't it strange to see the striking resemblance between the two cuisines in both the ingredients used and the methods of cooking. I guess the main reason Mexican food has an edge over the other cuisines of the world (in India) is because it is close in taste to Indian food. The use of tomatoes, kidney beans (rajma), onions, chilli, cumin, coriander (cilantro)... they are all the common factors in both cuisines. The tortiallas are very similar to our chapatis.. I think the only difference is in the use of cheese in Mexican food.
Mexican is one of my favorite cuisines and I can eat Mexican for all meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner and all other meals in between. Though I was almost 22 years old before I tasted Mexican food for the very first time, I took to it like a duck to water. Delicious is the only word that comes to mind.
Very recently, I went for a cooking class on Mexican food. It was quite a nice experience.. They taught us a few things which I came home and promptly replicated. Turned out well.
One of my all time favorites is the Chilli Rellano. Sounds foreign? Well it is simply our yummy Mirchi bajji with a different stuffing..
6 Long chillis ( Bajji Mirchi)
100 grams cottage cheese
100 grams cooking cheese (or cheddar)
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
salt and pepper to taste.
100 grams toasted Bread crumbs
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
Oil to deep fry
Make a slit along the length of the chilli
Take out the seeds and the long white string inside.
Make a mixture of the stuffing.
Stuff the green chilli with the cottage cheese mixture.
Heat oil to a medium ( not smoking).
Make a paste with the flour and a little water. Put the bread crumbs on another flat plate.
Dip the stuffed chillis into the flour paste and then into the bread crumbs.
Deep fry till golden brown.
Serve hot with salsa and sour cream.