Although I grew up in Nigeria & London, I’ve always been Indian at heart. After living in Mumbai for 2.5 years, I’ve definitely become even more Indian:
- My speaking still needs work, but it’s heck of a lot better than when I moved here
- I can watch a Hindi movie without subtitles
- Despite my fear for dogs in general, the wandering stray dogs rarely phase me
- I am a lot less naive when it comes to being ripped off by taxi drivers
- I’ve stopped converting everything to pounds/dollars and marveling at the price.
While I could go on, I’ll tell you one thing that hasn’t altered:
My dislike towards Indian food.
Okay it’s not really a dislike as such, but let’s just say that Indian is not a cuisine I would voluntarily eat. There are a few token dishes like daal, dosas and chicken tikka which I do enjoy but for the most part, it’s never been a favorite. The ironic bit is that I love Mexican food. I say ironic because Indian & Mexican food seem to share quite a few similarities:
- Both are extremely tomato-based
- The spicier the better
- Cumin is a recurring spice
- Cilantro is a popular garnishing…much to my dismay
- Most dishes are served with flat-bread (e.g. tortillas/chapattis)
While the rest of my home is eating spoonfuls of chutney, I’d rather be scooping out guacamole. Although my attempts at Mexican food would be laughed at by the natives, I am nonetheless going to share what I had for dinner on Monday…and last Thursday…and probably again later this week. As cliché as it sounds, it really tastes like a “fiesta” in my mouth.
Chickpea Taco Filling with Quinoa & Veggies
To some extent, it reminded me a lot of Channa Masala, another Indian dish which I enjoy (as long as there’s no cilantro present).
*Quantities aren’t listed as I just add as I see fit*
- Chickpeas (home-cooked/canned)
- Taco seasoning
- Jar of salsa
- Mushrooms, sliced
- Black olives, sliced
- Cooked quinoa/brown rice/taco shells/whatever tickles your fancy
- In a heated skillet, sauté the mushrooms
- Once they are lightly colored and begin to release some water (2-4 minutes), add in the chickpeas & olives
- Add in the taco seasoning and mix until combined well.
- Stir in a few dollops of salsa, and allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes.
- Serve with your preferred sides
And a lil something to make you smile:
What’s your favorite Mexican?
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