It's obvious New Mexicans are pretty serious about their chiles from the number of ristras, dried chili bunches, hanging all over the place.
Masala Loca with my friend Sabra who now runs Skytown in Bushwick. Sabra is half-Mexican so we had a lot of fun combining our family recipes from Mexico and India together and found there was a ton of overlap of ingredients. The two cuisines come together really well and have a lot of complementary flavors. This is a photo of some Indian tamales we created together, one filled with tamarind chutney and white cheese and the other filled with mustard greens & ramps curry and jack cheese with butter masala sauce and mint chutney on the side. If you're interested to see more of the Mexican-Indian foods and events I've done in the past go here.
This recipe is really versatile in that you can make some of the parts of it beforehand and assemble the enchiladas on another day. In the past, I've also stuffed them with a variety of different Indian curries like potato and paneer & swiss chard and served them with different chutneys on top like coconut.
Rajma (Kidney Bean Curry) Enchiladas
12 corn tortillas
2 cups shredded jack or cheddar cheese
diced onion (optional)
vegetable or canola oil
Enchilada Sauce (Red Chile Sauce), courtesy of The Chile Shop Santa Fe
2 tablespoons oil
1 large clove of garlic, smashed and minced
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon cumin
2 scant tablespoons flour
6 tablespoons Dixon Medium Hot chile powder or other New Mexican chile powder, vary amount according to your taste
2 1/2 to 3 cups vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
Rajma with Spinach Recipe
sour cream or Greek yogurt
iceberg lettuce, chopped or shredded
Spanish or black olives, sliced (optional)
hot sauce (optional)
To make Enchilada Sauce:
Saute garlic in oil for 1-2 minutes over low heat. Add oregano, cumin and flour. Stir until golden. Blend together chile and broth until smooth and add to flour mixture. Simmer very gently for 15-20 minutes. Chile scorches easily, imparting bitter taste; cook slowly, stirring frequently. Sauce should be thick enough to heavily nap a spoon. Keeps 1 week refrigerated. Can be frozen.
Make rajma with spinach recipe.
Assembly of Enchiladas:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
In a non-stick pan, fry each corn tortilla in oil for a few seconds until pliable and soft. Don't cook until they are crunchy.
Set them aside on a paper towel.
Warm up your enchilada sauce and place in a flat dish or plate.
Take one fried corn tortilla at a time and dip completely in the enchilada sauce. Shake off excess sauce, you want it to be coated lightly, but not completely doused with sauce.
This part may get messy as you are working with the sauced tortilla so just be ready for it! I just use my hand for filling it too. Fill the enchilada with 2-3 tablespoons of rajma and spinach curry (can add a little cheese or diced raw onion too if you like) and roll closed. Place seam down in the baking dish. Repeat for each enchilada.
Spoon and spread sauce over the enchiladas (reserve some for serving with cooked enchiladas if you like it more saucy) and top with shredded cheese.
Place in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted to your liking. If you want it to be more brown, you could turn the heat up to broil for a little until the cheese browns more.
For each plate, put down some enchilada sauce (optional) and place enchilada on top. Garnish your enchiladas with shredded lettuce, olives and cilantro. Serve with sour cream or Greek yogurt and hot sauce on the side.