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Friday, October 29, 2010

Easy Beany Quesidella

Having a gloomy day here. A cloudy day  with the occasional drizzling , which means the usual end of the year rain season is about to start or has begun.  I usually prefer rain to  hot sunny days, but today I am feeling quite gloomy.

Its the end of the month , which means  trying to stick to a budget and try to make healthy meals using store cupboard ingrediants. I have a well stocked store cupboard. I have to have my canned tomatoes, the spices, lentils and cans of beans and of course  cans of tuna. I usually buy in bulk when I go to supermarket, which is about once in two weeks ,  and  usually  to tesco .Once a freind commented whether I was doing shopping for a month!!!. So now I go grocery shopping alone, not that I usually take friends along, just cant start people scrutinizing and analysing how much I am spending on food. I dont spend much on clothes but when it comes to food and kitchen supplies, thats a another story :)

Ok enough  talking , lets get cooking :). I made these quesidellas last week. Had a few leftover roshi , a couple of tomatoes in the fridge and a sorry looking bunch of coriander leaves and a small can of kidney beans.  Made the kidney beans using a recipe for mexican red fried bean.,
 For a snack or a light dinner for 2 :

220g can of kidney beans ( if you are buying from malaysia make sure you check lable as sometimes you might end up buying a sweetened kidney bean can with coconut milk!!)
1 small onion, chopped
1  medium tomato chopped
a nice bunch of coriander leaves, chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
a big pinch of pepper
a green chilli, sliced ( optional)
4 cooked roshi, chapatti or tortilla
A big handful of cheese

1. Heat  about 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan, and saute' your  onion till soft and translucent. Add your tomatoes, the chilli and cumin and stir fry for few minutes to soften the tomatoes. Add a little water, about 1/4 cup and stir in kidney beans . ( before cooking,  drain the liquid from the can and wash the beans before cooking this reduced the sugar used while canning the kidney beans).

2. Cook the mixture for about 1-2 minutes, stir occasionaly. Using a fork or a potato masher, roughly and stir in the coriander leaves  , stir  and season with salt and pepper. Dont add too much salt as you will be using cheese while making the quesidella. let it cool  a little.

3. To assemble the quesidella, place a roshi or flat bread of your choice on a work surface, top with grated cheese, then spread the bean mixture evenly on top. Top with more cheese, then the second piece of roshi. Repeat with the remaining two flat bread.

4. Heat a large frying pan, then add a little oil just to coat the bottom, then carefully place the quesidella press down gently . Cook on one side then using a spatulla or a fish slice, carefully invert it to cook the other side of the quesidella.

5. Remove  once cooked, cool and cut into wedges.Enjoy!!!

Have a nice week end!


  1. i love quesidella ...ur's looks so cripy n delicious ..yummy


  2. Ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık. Çok leziz, güzel ve iştah açıcı görünüyor.


  3. A very good vegetarian option, looks very yummy.

  4. Looks really yummy..nice filling for d quesedilla

  5. Looks great, love what you filled the quesadilla with, my favorites, especially a big handful of cheese!

  6. WOww feel like having those tempting quesadilla...yummm!

  7. These look delicious! I love the idea of beans and cilantro and the other spices: to me it is the perfect meal, as it leaves you satisfied and full!

  8. I can totally understand buying food in bulk, and buying lots. I could easily go to the store with you, and not scrutinize.

    Cheers to these quesadilla! Here's to less rainy weather and just mild warm skies.

  9. yummy and it looks so crispy too...

  10. looks great love your talking hope you feel more sunny tomorrow hugs Rebecca

  11. this is a delicious and quick quesadilla! yummy!

  12. this is my son's favorite food in the entire planet. what did parents do before quesadillas?

  13. the pic and the way u explained makes me want to try it.. seems to be really easy for a light meal..

  14. That's a perfect dinner for me...


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