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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Gopi's Black Bean Quesadilla's

This a favorite dish in our home, all Kunti's big boys love it - here is my take on quesadilla's. :-) Serve with a salad of your choice or guacamole. Serves 8 + ravenously hungry folks. :-) 

Please note, when I cook I usually measure with my hands, using a dash of this and a dash of that, so while I try to give measurements that work for others, they are approximations much of the time!!

8+ large Tortilla or Lavash wraps of your choice (I like the wholewheat ones - from MOM's)
Ghee (clarified butter) as needed
2 cups chopped red bell peppers and corn (optional)
Approx 14 cups of  cooked black beans - drained
1 and 1/2 cups crushed tomato's
1/4 cup maple syrup
A drop of molasses to taste (optional)
2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
3 TBSP liquid smoke
3 tsp cumin powder
3 TBSP basil
2 tsp asafoetida
2 tsp paprika powder
3 tsp red pepper flakes or to taste (acc to hot flavor desired)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
sea salt to taste
Mozzarella cheese as needed

Heat ghee on a medium flame. Add basil, asafoetida, paprika, red pepper flakes and cumin powder for a few seconds, add the red bell peppers and corn, stir-fry for 5 mins. Add in tomato sauce, black beans, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and liquid smoke.  Cook down til thickened, add sea salt, black pepper and olive oil for another 5 minutes. Remove from the flame and stir in the nutritional yeast.

Lightly toast tortilla's on both sides on a heated griddle over a low flame. Spread a layer of the bean paste on half tortilla and Vegenaise on the other half. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over bean paste and close the Vegenaise half over it. Add a touch of ghee on griddle on a med low flame, and place tortilla upon it. Toast til golden brown, turn and repeat browning. When done set on a plate and continue process with the rest of the tortilla's.

Cut tortilla's in half, and zigzag ketchup over them. Serve warm.

*Any extra bean paste can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. Its very useful to have at hand for making a quick quesadilla when you need something to eat in a hurry! :-)


  1. Looks very yummy, and I am sure it tastes the same! Thank you for the recipe! :)

  2. You are welcome! Yes These are v yummmy! :-)