Paneer and mushroom enchiladas…

by Sunita on August 9, 2007

Just when we were beginning to absorb the glorious sunshine, it did a runner, leaving overcast skies and lower temperatures in it’s wake. The air already has a sort of autumnal chill to it.

On the food front, we had these paneer and mushroom enchiladas last week, when things were obviously a bit brighter. Speaking of enchiladas, they are basically…

‘a traditional Mexican dish, typically made with a corn tortilla dipped in hot lard or oil to soften and then dipped in the chosen enchilada sauce. the tortillas are filled and rolled up, then placed in a casserole, then layered with sauce and possibly other additions such as cheese and chopped onions and olives’(wiki)

The best thing about enchiladas is that the options with the fillings are limitless… We love having them every now and then, with a variety of fillings and they form quite a nice gratifying one-dish meal. In this case, I used some paneer, and was not disappointed. We all lapped it up in no time, and were asking for more. So here goes…

What’s needed-

8 corn tortillas
150 gms paneer, cubed
5-6 button mushrooms, sliced
8-10 tomatoes,sliced
1 green pepper, deseeded and sliced
2 carrots, cut into sticks,8-10 tomatoes, sliced
1 onion, sliced
3-4 pods of garlic, chopped
200 gms cheddar cheese, grated
1 tblsp oregano
7-8 tblsp of olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

How to-

  1. Heat the oil in a pan.
  2. Add the paneer and mushrooms and fry till the mushrooms are soft and thepaneer is slightly browned.Keep aside.
  3. In the same oil, add the carrot, onion, green pepper and garlic and stir fry for 5 minutes over medium flame.
  4. Add the tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper and cook covered till the tomatoes are mushy and it begins to thicken.
  5. Transfer the sauce to a blender and make a paste.
  6. Return the sauce to the pan over heat,add the paneer , mushrooms and half of the cheese and simmer over low heat for 3-5 minutes. Keep aside.
  7. Pre heat the oven at 200 deg cel.
  8. Wrap the tortillas in a cling film and microwave for a minute. They can also be heated in the oven or a pan over a cooker
  9. Place a little of the sauce, without the chunky bits, on the bottom of a baking dish.
  10. On each tortilla, place a little of the sauce, along with the chunky bits, roll up and arrange side by side on the baking dish.
  11. Pour the remaing sauce over the wrapped tortillas and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
  12. Bake in the centre of the preheated oven and bake till the cheese melts and takes on a nice brownish colour.
  13. Serve hot.

The enchiladas were good on their own…we, however had them with some fresh leafy salad.
It was really nice, well heavenly, actually…ooops, maybe I shouldn’t say so myself…but I was really very pleased with the way they turned out, and so, were the other three in my small world…absolutely no complains.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Prema Sundar August 9, 2007 at 6:27 pm

I love enchiladas!!!! planning to do it some time.. panner and mushroom would sure be a great stuffing.Picture looks too tempting.. thanks for the recipe.

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2 Asha August 9, 2007 at 6:45 pm

I love Enchiladas too.I made it with Blackbeans.You are right,they do taste heavenly!:)
I love the filling too.Looks yum!
I sent my entry to you,check your e mail and spam folder too!:D

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3 Poonam August 9, 2007 at 6:48 pm

Enchiladas look very good! I have never really make the sauce at home. Your recipe looks good!

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4 sunita August 9, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Prema, you’re most welcome…we love enchiladas…do try it…nice to have you over…

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5 sunita August 9, 2007 at 7:15 pm

Asha, oh yes, they’re really heavenly…I’ll check the mail box right now…thanks :)

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6 sunita August 9, 2007 at 7:16 pm

Poonam, thanks…do try it ..not complicated at all…glad to hav eyou over :)

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7 Deborah August 9, 2007 at 8:17 pm

I agree – enchiladas are great because the possibilities are endless! I like to just see what I have around the kitchen, throw it in, and it usually turns out great!

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8 Cynthia August 9, 2007 at 9:04 pm

That’s a tasty combo there hon.

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9 sunita August 9, 2007 at 9:38 pm

deborah, that’s exactly what I do, and yes, they usually turn out great:)…nice to have you over…

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10 sunita August 9, 2007 at 9:39 pm

Cynthia, thanks…glad you dropped by…

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11 Jyothi August 9, 2007 at 10:50 pm

Hi Sunita! very tempting enchiladas. Looks awesome and great stuffing of paneer and mushroom. Thanks for sharing.

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12 Roopa August 10, 2007 at 1:21 am

i still have to try baking them! looks delicious and loved the paneer and mushrooms :)

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13 musical August 10, 2007 at 1:29 am

Why….o….why! just when i am hungry, i see this gorgeous beauty…..aha! this one looks heavenly, Sunita! sweet torture, as they say!

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14 Anonymous August 10, 2007 at 4:59 am

Hi,

I would love to try this but you have not mentioned how many tomotoes to use?

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15 sunita August 10, 2007 at 7:36 am

Jyothi, thanks…they did come out well…nice to have you over :)

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16 sunita August 10, 2007 at 7:37 am

Ropa, thanks…do give them a go…glad you came :)

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17 sunita August 10, 2007 at 7:40 am

Musical, you poor thing….I know exactly what you mean…it has happened to me a number of times as well…things that look so tempting , but are out of reach…btw,loved having you over :D

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18 sunita August 10, 2007 at 7:42 am

Anonymous, welcome…and I’m terribly sorry…I did leave out the tomatoes indeed…thanks for pointing it out…I’ve updated it now, and you can go on and try giving them a go…glad you dropped by :)

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19 Sandeepa August 10, 2007 at 1:01 pm

Your bright picture will sure drive away all the gloom :)

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20 sunita August 10, 2007 at 1:44 pm

Sandeepa, it seems to have driven it away already :D …back to the sunny front today:)

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21 Mishmash ! August 10, 2007 at 2:45 pm

I have never tried this combo with enchiladas…usually go with the chicken……should try once !

shn

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22 sunita August 10, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Shn, even we too have it with chicken, most of the time…this was a pleasant change from the usual…thanks for dropping by.

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23 TBC August 10, 2007 at 4:14 pm

Nice recipe! Indo-mexican fusion :-)

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24 sunita August 10, 2007 at 4:28 pm

tbc, thanks…the flavours worked really well…nice to have you here.

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25 Sharmi August 11, 2007 at 2:40 am

I have never tried enchildas. very new and nice recipe with a fusion of paneer.

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26 sunita August 11, 2007 at 6:08 am

Sharmi, thanks…we love enchiladas and usually have it with chicken …but this time, with the addition of paneer too,it was not disappointing…

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27 Vcuisine August 14, 2007 at 4:41 am

Sunita,love this enchiladas though i don’t prefer these kind of food. But it looks shiny and colorful. Appreciate you note on this comment section. It’s true. Viji

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28 sunita August 14, 2007 at 3:01 pm

Viji, we love enchiladas…glad you liked the look of them though:)…and I really meant what I said and am very grateful to all who drop by and leave their impressions.

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