Wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year!
Hope you had a good holiday break! Harder than waiting for the holidays is getting back into the grind after the break. I usually spend the last day of the holiday entirely on worrying that the holiday is getting over. In fact I feel better the next day when I am back to the daily grind. I am that serious a worrier.
I am sharing a super easy, yummy mocha kottai quesadilla recipe and some of my family’s new year resolutions.
Lists, lots of lists
When I am anxious I make lists. It’s my way of allaying fears and resolving uncertainties. I made plenty of lists and lists of lists. Among the many lists was a list of books to finish reading, list of recipes from cookbooks that I have to try and resolutions for the year. I also drew up a weekly timetable to designate some time for writing, reading and cheating on my diet.
When I did an inventory of the books, I discovered that I had 15 books that I had yet to read. I immediately added a resolution to my resolution list to not buy another book until I finished reading these 15. I think it’s a really good exercise because it helps you quantify your backlog. You can then estimate how much effort and time may be involved in actually reading them all. You’ll most likely over-estimate. You may not complete all the books within your expected timeframe. But it’s a good start.
I am not sharing my resolutions this year because I have something more interesting to share – Hasini’s resolutions. I had Hasini and Yuvan write down their own resolutions too. Hasini really took to it and went on to write 30 resolutions. What you see here is a small excerpt of that. What I loved about their resolutions was that they were all quite simply about having fun and feeling happy and doing your thing. I also discovered a thing or two about their interests I wouldn’t have guessed earlier. I didn’t know Hasini was into juicing or sun news. One of yuvan’s resolutions was for me to play cars with him every day. I was touched. I immediately added that to my own list of resolutions. Do ask your kids to write down their resolutions, plans, aspirations for 2018. It’s a fun exercise for the kids and a revelation for parents.
Mocha kottai Quesadilla
As you slowly slip into the routine of school and work, here’s a recipe that can come in handy. These mocha kottai quesadillas are super simple to make for weekdays. They’re so delicious and incredibly filling. They may great lunch options. Just remember to soak the mocha kottai the previous night. Tortillas are quite easily available in super markets these days or you can buy them from bigbasket. Add more cheese if you like your quesadillas really cheesy. I served these with a simple tomato salsa. You could serve these mocha kottai quesadilla with sour cream, mayonnaise or even ketchup. Make it yours. Enjoy!
- Dried mocha kottai/Field beans – 1 cup soaked overnight
- Onion – 1 large chopped fine
- Tomato – 1 large chopped fine
- Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tsp
- Cumin powder – 1 tsp
- Salt to taste
- Grated Cheddar cheese – 1 cup
- Tortillas – 3
- Butter or Olive oil – 1 tbsp + 1 tbsp
- Rinse the soaked mocha kottai and transfer to a pressure cooker. Pour 2 cups water. Close and pressure cook for 20 minutes or until soft and cooked through. Switch off and set aside.
- To a pan, add 1 tbsp butter or olive oil. When hot, add the chopped onions and fry until the onions turn translucent. Add the chopped tomato and fry until the tomato turns mushy. Add a little of the bean cooked water when the mixture gets too dry. Stir well.
- Once the tomato turns mushy, add the beans and any liquid in the cooker. Mix well. Add in the spice powders and salt and mix well. Turn heat up to high and cook for about 5 minutes or until the mixture turns into a thick baked bean kind of consistency. Mash a little bit. Taste and adjust seasoning. Switch off and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Place a tortilla on a cutting board or plate. Spread the cooked mocha kottai mixture on half of the tortilla. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of the grated cheese on the mixture. Fold the tortilla in half to make a semi-circle shaped quesadilla. Press lightly with a spatula.
- Heat a flat tawa and place the prepared quesadilla on the tawa. Brush the top of the quesadilla with a little bit of olive oil. Gently flip the quesadilla over and brush the other side with a little more olive oil. When both sides are nice and toasted and the cheese is melted, remove the quesadilla from the tawa and place on a plate. Prepare the remaining quesadillas the same way and toast them.
- Serve with tomato salsa and/or sour cream. Enjoy!