Paneer – Vegetable Whole Wheat Enchiladas

A word of caution: these are not super authentic Mexican enchiladas. Not that I don’t love me some good, authentic Mexican (or even Tex-Mex) dishes. Let’s just say this is merely my homage to the enchilada!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 chopped large onion
  • 2 chopped green peppers
  • 2 chopped red peppers
  • 2 chopped squashes
  • 5 chopped tomatoes
  • 400 grams of paneer
  • Shredded cheddar (or any other cheese you like. Queso blanco?)
  • 8-10 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic paste
  • 4-5 bay leaves
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Olive oil

Here’s how I do it:

  1. Sauté the onion on high then medium heat.
  2. As onions turn translucent, add the garlic paste and the bay leaves and cook in.
  3. Add the tomatoes, cook to a mush.
  4. Remove the bay leaves.
  5. In a different pot, sauté the vegetables.
  6. Add the vegetables to the onion-tomato mixture.
  7. Add about 400g bite sized chopped paneer and the spices (Cumin powder, coriander powder,red chili powder, black pepper and salt).
  8. Now we need to cook the paneer, vegetables and spices in together. Stir the spices and paneer in gently, cook on high heat, then medium till the paneer is cooked through and the spices are ‘infused’ through the paneer and vegetables. Add water if there isn’t enough.
  9. (Tip: If the spice mix seems a tad dull, add ½ or so teaspoon sugar).
  10. The cooking should have evaporated the excess liquid.
  11. Cook 8-10 medium whole wheat tortillas on a skillet in olive oil, browning them lightly. Ensure they don’t harden.
  12. Put some paneer-vegetable mix into each cooked tortilla and roll it up. Place the tortillas side by side into a lightly greased oven-safe pan.
  13. Top with shredded cheddar (or any other cheese of choice) and cook in an oven heated to 300 F for 5-10 minutes or till the cheese is just melted. Serve immediately, garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.
  14. An epilogue of sorts: it’s fun to replace the paneer with ground, cooked turkey too if you want to go the carnivorous way.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Soundari says:

    Dhruv – looks yummy!!! You need to make this for us 🙂

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