Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mexican Biryani – Chipotle Style Veggie Bowl

Chipotle Veggie bowl is one of the first restaurants meals I tasted in the USA. For those who are new to this, Chipotle Mexican Grill is a chain of restaurants located in United States serving Mexican food like burritos, Tacos and bowl. This Veggie bowl is a healthy meal, consisting of rice, beans and salad, and this is what attracted me to this dish. 

I fondly call it Mexican Biryani, why?? The basic concept of Biryani is it’s a one dish meal cooked with alternate layers of rice and curry (gravy), topped with garnishing of dry fruits and onions. This veggie bowl has a similar concept of layers but each layer is unique. 

This dish fits well with casual parties as it has all the required dishes – rice, curry, salads, sides like sour cream, guacamole , add some tortilla or chapati’s and you are all set. Your guest can do any permutation /combination to create the flavor they would like to eat. 

There are couple of dishes that combine together to make this one dish meal which are...

Cilantro-Lime Rice:
1 cup of white rice – boil/steamed this & allow to cool.
Freshly chopped coriander
Juice of 1 lemon (or as per taste)
Salt to taste
Allow the rice to cool & then mix all the ingredients together, toss well.  If you mix with warm rice chances of rice grains braking are more. 

Black Beans: 
you can refer to my earlier post on Black beans curry for the complete recipe

Fajita Vegetables:
1 medium capsicum and 1 medium red onion cut in julienne
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tbsp oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat a pan and add oil to it. Once oil is hot saute the sliced green bell peppers and red onion until bright and slightly crisp. Add salt and oregano, mix well. 

Fresh Tomato Salsa:
1 tomato finely chopped
½ red onion finely chopped
½ jalapeno pepper deseeded and finely chopped
½ tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
Corrainder finely chopped
Mix all ingredients together to get a refreshing tomato salsa


Corn Salsa:
1 cup boiled corn kernel
1 roasted poblano peppers finely chopped
½ jalapeno pepper deseeded and finely chopped
½ red onion finely chopped
Salt to taste
Coriander finely chopped
Mix all ingredients together to get a sweet & hot corn salsa.
Tip: Poblano pepper is a mild chilli pepper popular in Mexico. If you are unable to find it replace with regular green bell pepper, it would taste slightly different but still great.


Tomatillo-Red Chili Salsa :
2 tomatillos
1 jalapeno
1/8 onion
½ tsp chili flakes
Salt, pepper,
½ tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp tomato sauce
Coriander finely chopped
Blend all the ingredients together in a blender to get a smooth, spicy sauce 

Tip: Tomatillo is staple in Mexican cuisine & a key ingredient for fresh cooked sauces. If you are unable to find it replace with green tomatoes,it would taste different but still great.

Guacamole
you can refer to my earlier post on Guacamole-Avocado dip for the complete recipe

In addition to these we will need some Sour cream, lettuce and cheese (optional) 

To make the bowl: 
Now that we have all our dishes ready, its all about layering. 


Start with a layer of rice followed by some black beans curry, Fajita vegetables, tomato salsa, corn salsa, red chilli salsa.

Top it with some sourcream, Guacamole, cheese and Lettuce!! That's it our Mexican biryani is ready, Enjoy!!

Happy Cooking!!
Shweta




36 comments:

  1. Omg, seriously am inviting myself to ur place, marvellous and irresistible mexican briyani.

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    1. Thanks Priya, most welcome anytime to visit my place :)

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  2. Thanks for dropping at my space and leaving a wonderful comment..
    looks sooooo colourful and yummy recipe...
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  3. looks fantastic :) and interesting name too :)

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  4. OMG... So many varieties of dishes.... Looks delicious...

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  5. awesome. I love this dish. my mouth is watering

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  6. This is awesome. We are having Mexican Fiesta party next weekend. This will be helpful.
    Thanks for the lovely blog ;-)
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    1. Mexican Fiesta, sounds fun!! hope this recipe helps :) do try it!!

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  7. This is FABULOUS!
    I really like the Chipotle Veggie bowl, taste, nutrition and value for money wise.
    I am book marking this :)

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  8. This is our fav recipe too...love Mexican bowl at Chipotle! yours looks too delicious n u have made everything perfectly....great job!!

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  9. Looks Great
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  10. this is my hubby absolute fav.....

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  11. wow....cool receipe here...I have this on my weekend list now:)

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    1. Thanks Puj, Do let me know how it turned out :)

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  12. Thanks for dropping by Swetha!! This is a wonderful spread, being a mexican food fan, I am drooling over all this good stuff... you have a nice collection here... Glad to join you and keep in touch...

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  13. OH my my my.... Chipotle burito bowl was my all time fav during my US days... i soooooooooo micc it now, and you are not makign me feel better by posting such yummy pics! :) These look so much like the ones we get in Chipotle , would love to try it, sadly cant find some major ingredients here :(

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    1. Nanspai, I've tried mentioning alternatives for most of the ingredients which I know are mostly available in USA only. Let me know if you would like to know any particular alternative. Chipotle bowl is our favorite too. I hope you try it :)

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  14. We all liked it a lot Shwetha.. We love chipotle veggie bowl and this tasted almost the same.. Thanks a ton for the recipe..

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    1. Most welcome Uma, Glad you tried it & liked it. We are Chipotle Fan so couldn't resist recreating this dish in my kitchen :)

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  15. Thank you very much for the recipe. I love Chipotle Veggie bowl.

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  16. I made this with my mother. It was a fun project. Thanks for everything!

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  17. Hey Shweta.. I tried your recipe and it came out well..even my 2 years daughter seemed to love it..thanks for the recipe...

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    1. Thanks Neetu, truly glad that you and your daughter liked the recipe. Thanks for giving it a try. Hope you will try some more :)

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  18. Hi Shweta,
    i made this yesterday for dinner, it was delicious. We really loved it.
    Thanks a lot. Deepti

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    1. Hi Deepti, Thank you for giving this recipe a try, its our family fav. So glad you all liked it :)

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