Saturday, January 10, 2015

Vegetarian Nachos

Ingredients (Serves 4):
Nachos chips - 50 to 70
1-2 cups sour cream or yogurt
1 cup grated cheese

For black bean topping:
1 cup black beans - soaked in water overnight
1 medium sized Spanish onion - sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
3-4 garlic pods - sliced
½ tsp cumin seeds - coarsely ground
1 green chili
1 tsp red chili powder
1-2 tsp salt

For salsa:
2 large tomato diced
½ small sized Spanish onion - finely diced
1 green chili
1 tbsp olive oil
2-3 tsp coriander - finely chopped
½ tsp salt

For guacamole:
1 ripe avocado - mashed
½ small sized Spanish onion - finely diced
1 small tomato - diced
¼ tsp pepper powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt

Black bean topping:
1) Put black bean in a sauce pan along with the water used for soaking. Add 1 tsp salt. Cover and cook for 20-30 minutes until the black beans become soft. Add more water if it starts to dry out. Drain and keep aside the beans and reserve the water as well.
2) Heat oil in a frying pan, add garlic pods and wait until it starts to brown.
3) Add cumin seeds, onion and green chili and wait for onion to change colour
4) Add red chili powder as per taste, stir in the black beans and fry for a minute. If it becomes too dry, you can add about 1/4 cup reserved water. Check for salt.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl

Mix all ingredients in a bowl

Bring it all together:
1) Pre-heat oven to 180C. Lay the nachos on a pizza stone for e.g and place it in the oven for a minute or two to make it crisp.
2) Divided the black bean topping, salsa, cheese, guacamole, yogurt/sour cream, nachos into 4 portions
3) Arrange 1 portion of nachos on the stone such that there are no gaps. Sprinkle 1 portion of cheese, 1 portion of black bean, 1 portion of salsa and bake for 5 minutes
4) Remove from oven and layer on top - nachos, cheese, black beans and salsa again. Bake in oven for 10 minutes
5) Remove from oven, while serving top with guacamole, sour cream/yogurt
6) Do the same with the remaining ingredients as a second batch


1) Typically, sour cream is used instead of yogurt is used. Its just my preference as it is a healthier and yummier alternative
2) I also reckon more cheese is used but I like to keep it to bare minimum

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