Though it looks intimidating Mexican Rice Bowls are so easy to put together. You can choose your Mexican Bowl components based on your preferences. Have made few popular Mexican Dishes in a simpler way using our regular spices at home. You can prep these in large quantities, mix and match with our Indian Dishes as well. No matter whatever I cook I will find a way to incorporate them in more than one form. It helps us in emptying leftovers as well as you don’t have to put so much effort in making a meal for just one lunch or dinner 😬
Lemon Cilantro Rice :
This Lemon Cilantro rice is very similar to our South Indian Lemon Rice. There is no Tadka in the mexican version 😆😆 Adding fresh lemon juice and finely chopped fresh coriander leaves makes this Rice so flavorful.
Alternate Options for White Rice : Brown Rice, Quinoa, Couscous,Bulgur Wheat
Bean Chili :
Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans are the three most common varieties of Beans that is used in preparing this Chili. If you don’t have all the three varieties you can just prepare Chili with any one variety of Beans be it Red Kidney Beans or Chickpeas. It is something very similar to our Indian Legumes based dishes like Channa or Rajma. Just the use of spices and ingredients are slightly different. This Bean Chili can be eaten as a soup too. You can top it with Greek Yogurt and some grated cheese if you want.
Tomato Salsa :
A very simple Condiment prepared using Onions and Tomatoes. You can add finely chopped Capsicum, Jalepenos for more heat if you want. My version of Salsa is very mild. You can check the recipe here. Salsa can also be used as a dip to Nachos, you can spread them in our Roti/Chapathi/Paratha, serve it as a side to Idli Dosai too 🙂
Another creamy Dip prepared using Avacadoes. Similar to Roti you can also smear the Guacamole on chapathis, add them on top of toast, serve it with Mexican RiceBowl or Quinoa bowl if you want.
Fajita Veggies :
This is nothing but Pan fried Veggies with Salt, Chilli Powder. You can use any of these vegetables Mushrooms, Capsicum, Cabbage, Onion etc. They should be crisp and not over cooked. These Fajita Vegetables can be used as a side to pasta dishes, as a wrap, you can sandwich them between bread toast and so many various ways you can use these Sauteed Veggies
Sour Cream :
Sour Cream is preapred by adding lactic acid & bacteria to the combination of Milk & cream. Letting it to thicken and sour. Sour Cream is slightly higher in calories and Greek Yogurt works as a perfect creamy substitute to Sour Cream. If you are using Regular Yogurt make sure to drain excess water and then use just the creamy part.
Lettuce Salad :You can add any fresh salad to your Mexican Rice Bowl. Cucumber, Onion,Sweet Corn,Tomato,Olives etc I prepared a simple salad by chopping Lettuce, added some salt, pepper powder and lemonjuice