Have you ever wondered that there are more same gender families than the ones with both girls and boys. Like more people have all girls or all boys. Growing up with the commoness has some real intricate implications, which forms the basis of your entire life. Usually.
My house homed giggling, naive, shopping, merry, fighting, expressive girls, who never failed to assert our feelings for each other. Whereas the better half belongs to a serious boy gang of 4! Stoic, reserved, tight lipped, the boys went about their life, without interfering much in the other. I found it so weird.
Husband reminisces, one of the few things that they ever bonded over was …food.
Well, the way to these boys hearts was surely through their stomachs. But you know how it is when you have 4 teenage boys who play football and are forever hungry. Oh! I would never want to be in my mother in laws shoes – ever.
Now, that they are much older with work taking priority, the food bit seems to fade. But, I have this one particular brother in law who is a treat to feed. Being the eldest, he had big responsibility to shoulder. Giving up his dreams and passion to make a lucrative career took over and some where the love for food paled.
Ever since, big brother started visiting Mumbai for work, little brother re ignited the man’s love for taste. Goading me to try something new and serve him every time he came over. I did it hesitatingly first, but, to my surprise he turned out experimental, curious and extremely accommodating. Perfect for someone like me, who has her decent share of mishaps in the kitchen. I love to cook. He loves to EAT. Splendid. What more could I ask for.
And of course, Super touched by my man’s expression of affection towards his brother. Now, this I can relate to.
One of brother in law’s all time favorite are crisp, veggie stuffed quesadillas. Apart from satiating his taste buds, the guy also has a festish for all things healthy. Its always a challenge to make something nutritious yet yumm.
Red kidney beans, corn and mozzarella layered between two thin tortillas, and roasted to golden brown. Oh so yumm! This crisp finger food needs no dipping sauce or sour cream. But I did have tomato salsa faithfully sitting by its side… which was never scooped up with a quesadilla but with corn chips.
These are essentially mexican appetizers, but they can make a decent meal in themselves when served with some soup or a light salad.
No more chatting, a delish gooey cheesy recipe awaits:
To serve 2 people –
4 flour tortillas or thin Indian flatbread/Chappathi
For the filling:
- 1/2 cup red kidney beans or rajma, soaked and well boiled
- 1/2 cup corn
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2-3 green chilies, minced – optional
- 2 tbsp spring onion greens or chopped coriander leaves
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp olive oil + little more for roasting the quesadilla
- salt to taste
- 4 tbsp tomato salsa
- 4 tbsp grated mozzarella – or as you like it. More the better for me 🙂
In a pan, heat oil, saute the garlic, green chilies and onions. Once pinkish, add the corn and beans. Sprinkle salt, oregano and the chopped greens(spring onions or coriander). Mix well. Keep aside.
when ready to serve:
Take a tortilla, spread salsa on half of it. Place 2-4 tbsp of the filling on the applied salsa. Spread a tbsp of grated mozzarella. Fold the other side and make a semi circle. Press the corners tightly, so that when you roast, the stuffing doesn’t fall out. Now with the help of little olive oil, roast on a hot flat griddle, from both sides till crisp.
Once done, cut into neat triangles and serve with any sauce or sour cream by the side.
You could alternatively, spread the filling on an entire whole tortilla, then cover it with another tortilla and roast it from both sides. But in this case, you need to be super careful when you pick up the assembly to roast on the griddle. It tends to all fall apart. So its you’re call and experience basically.
You could use fresh kidney beans or rajma or from the can. The fresh one is healthier but canned version is faster.
Done with dinner, the brothers stand staring out in to the star studded sky. No talk, no discussion, no laughter, no fight… but plain pure peace. Silence can convey more affection than a thousand words of love. I get that now.