“Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements.”
Marcel Boulestin

We’re going off to a beautiful little hamlet in the Himalayas, called Ramgarh, for a couple of days but this is a post that I’m rushing to put on this post on tortillas. More so, for my friend Ben from What’s Cooking US our monthly Homemade challenge. This month we are making tortillas.
I made a vegetarian filling this time & using cannellini beans. Didn’t reveal the ingredients to the kids as the lad will not touch his lentils. They had a fine time trying to figure out what was inside, & finally decided it was a mince. Let sleeping dogs lie…which is what i did. They loved the quesidillas! You can use whichever vegetable you like in the stuffing. I used a mix of sliced bell pepper (red,yellow & green), onion & sweetcorn, all tossed in a little olive oil, & roasted for 15 minutes in a hot oven.TORTILLAS
1 1/4 cup plain flour
1/2cup wholewheat
1 1/2t baking powder
1t salt
2T oil
  • Sift the flours with the baking powder and salt.
  • Add the oil & mix through with fingertips. Add enough water & knead to a pliable smooth dough,knead well. Cover & leave to rest for about an hour.
  • Make small walnut sized balls of dough & roll out as thin as possible. That is usually the trick for a good tortilla.
  • Put on a hot griddle, cook for 2-3 minutes, till small bubbles appear. Turn 7 cook the other side for a further 2 minutes.
  • Take off & keep warm.


250gms cannelini beans soaked overnight
4 cloves garlic
2-3 bay leaves
Salt to taste
1 small bunch fresh coriander; chopped
2-3 green chillies; chopped
1 small onion; chopped
Juice of 1 lime


Pressure cook the beans with the salt, bay leaves & garlic for 20-25 minutes till soft.

  • Strain, pick out bay leaves & discard. mash the beans roughly with a masher.I did it in my processor because the son cannot stand beans & I wasn’t going to risk a refusal!
  • Mix in the lime juice, finely chopped green chillies, fresh coriander & onion. Adjust seasoning if required.
  • Heat the grill pan. Take a tortilla, & cover half with the bean mix. Top with roasted bell peppers, onions & corn. Top with grated mozzarella.
  • Fold over & brush lightly with oil. place on grill pan for 1-2 minutes each side till the cheese melts.
  • Serve with fresh tomato salsa & sour cream.
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    1. Linda says:

      Deeba, I love the look and sound of these! I am also sending this recipe to my sister-in-law who is vegetarian. She will love, love, love this! I hope your trip went well!

    2. Pavithra says:

      Wow thats so healthy and wonderful… Feel like grabbing it one from the picture.

    3. Julia @ Mélanger says:

      I have never made tortillas but want to give them a go. There is this little place in Boston called Anna’s Taqueria that had the most amazing tortillas. Now back in Australia, I miss them terribly. I may try to recreate them with your recipe. THANKS!

    4. lisa (dandysugar) says:

      Your tortillas look wonderful Deeba! I love vegetarian quesadillas- especially with sweet corn in the filling. I’ve never tried cannelini beans in my filling but it sounds delicious! Thx again for a new quesadilla filling idea!

    5. Manggy says:

      Ooh, I love the filling. That melted cheese is simply irresistible!

    6. pigpigscorner says:

      Home-made is the best isn’t it! I really have to try making these babies! yum yum!

    7. Parita says:

      Oh my the tortillas look the filling

    8. Oh my, I never made it myself. I am so impress Dee. It looks so good….

    9. Gloria says:

      Deeba, thew childs really love tortillas!!! I have two childs (twins that adopted 14 years ago) the gil is veggie and the boy love meat so when I made tortillas and others I have to made differents fiilings, aaah the kids!!! xoxoxoxoxoGloria

    10. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

      These are really incredible.
      One day you can spill the beans;)
      I love quesadillas and these are just wonderful.

    11. Kerstin says:

      I’m so impressed you made homemade tortillas – they look SO good!

    12. Snooky doodle says:

      oh these tortillas look delicious. I love them but I ve never tried making them, thought they were more difficult to make.

    13. Gera @ SweetsFoods says:

      Deeba, I adore these quesadillas because overall in my case I’ve them with some type of meat but a vegan version is so interesting and tantalizing :)

      A Mex meal in India wow fusion cuisine everywhere!



    14. Bunny says:

      You made homemade tortillas !! The tortillas and bean filling sound great! Havea wonderful time away!

    15. Divya Vikram says:

      Love the quesadilla filling!Love those lines on the tortilla.

    16. Johanna says:

      those tortillas look fantastic – and I loved that your kids thought it was mince and loved the beans unknowingly – I hope one day they will be as excited when they know the ingredients – but for now just enjoying the taste is enough!

    17. Arwen from Hoglet K says:

      It’s cool that you made your own tortillas, and I love the way you managed to make lentils look like mince. Have a good trip North.

    18. Shari@Whisk: a food blog says:

      These look delicious! Healthy and tasty all at the same time! What could be better!!

    19. noble pig says:

      So colorful and beautiful! What a weekend trip, my gawd the Himalayas sounds so exotic.

    20. DCRose says:

      I will definitely make these. Yum. DCRose

    21. Bellini Valli says:

      Wonderful to make your own tortillas for this vegetarian delight.

    22. Helene says:

      I’m impressed that you made tortillas. Have a good vacation!

      Cheers :)

    23. Just love your quesidillas, yummy!!!

      Enjoy your get-away 😉

    24. ♥Rosie♥ says:

      Deeba you rock girl – just love your quesadillas and WOW you made homemade tortillas!!

      Have a great holiday!

    25. Marta says:

      I love that you made your own tortillas! and the filling looks great, very satisfying and nutritious!
      I’ve followed your blog for a while, always quietly admiring your photos and great recipes!
      Thanks for your blog :)

    26. Susan from Food Blogga says:

      Mmm… I love the way you really packed these with delicious veggies! My usually come much thinner.

    27. Hi Deeba, you have a lovely blog. tortillas are impressive! your mango recipes below look so great!!!!!both strudle and tart.
      :- )

    28. Wow!
      It looks so delicious
      Thank for sharing

    29. Hanaâ says:

      That looks melt-in-your-mouth delicious! The recipe for the flour tortillas looks so easy. Will have to try that sometime!!

    30. awwww these are precious! love tortillas!!

    31. Lori Lynn says:

      Homemade tortillas! How fun! I've only made the corn ones. Would like to try flour.
      Your filling looks so bright and delicious.

    32. TheGourmetGirl says:

      Ah Debra, we share a passion for The Versatile Tortilla.

      If you and your readers want some out of the box recipes, such as Spinach Eggplant Tortilla Lasagna, using tortillas instead of pasta, just visit GGM's official blog.

      As always, presented well! Kudos!

    33. eatme_delicious says:

      Yum! I've wanted to try making my own tortillas for a long time. Yours look amazing!

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