Paneer & Black Bean Tacos

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    Paneer Veggie Taco

    It’s time for some Taco Friday! Did you know that Friday Nights are Taco nights in Norway? Yeah, apparently around 8.2% of the population religiously eats tacos every Friday in Norway. I think that’s awesome because when the menu is fixed forever there’s no need to scratch your head on what to prepare for dinner, which mostly is the case with me. Seriously I am not so good at meal planning, in fact I am not good at planning anything. My dinner plans are made just few minutes before I actually start cooking. I know, I know some of you are so organized that you even have a full weak menu planned for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kudos to you guys and I wish someday I could do that too, looks difficult in this lifetime though.

    Anyway let’s talk tacos now. As we all know taco is a traditional Mexican dish made of a corn or wheat tortilla, which is filled and then folded or rolled. The reason I like tacos is because they are so versatile. In a sense they are like Indian parathas, which just like tacos can be filled with anything and everything.

    Veggie Paneer Taco

    The other day I made these paneer bean veggies tacos and topped them with avocado cream sauce and fresh tomato salsa. It surely made for some fantastic dinner which we thoroughly enjoyed. I like how everyone can create their own taco based on personal likes and preference. For these Paneer Veggie Tacos I had 4 fillings/toppings bowls.

    1. The Veggies of course, which includes paneer [remember it’s Indian cottage cheese but we consider it a veggie!], green pepper, black beans and sweet corn.

    2. Tomato Salsa, which can either be homemade or store bought.

    3. Avocado Cream Sauce, which I thought was fantastic but you can easily replace it with guacamole in place.

    4. Rice, prepared in whatever way you like. I added just some lime juice and cilantro.

    Vegetarian Paneer Taco

    So let’s get making these Paneer & Veggie Tacos. For the salsa, refer my fresh tomato salsa recipe here or just use store bought.

     

    Avocado Cream Sauce

    Cut and peel the avocado and take out it’s pulp in a bowl.

    Add greek yogurt to it.

    Transfer to a food processor, add lime juice, salt and pepper and pulse till smooth and creamy. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

    Avacado Cream SauceRice

    Take 1 cup of cooked rice in a bowl. I used long grain Asian rice, you can use any rice of your choice.

    Add chopped cilantro/coriander leaves, some lime juice to it.

    Mix till well combined and set aside.

    Paneer Veggie Taco-Recipe-Step-1Veggies

    Add 1 teaspoon of oil to a pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds to it and wait till the seeds crackle.

    Once the seeds crackle and the paneer cubes, sliced green pepper and taco seasoning. Saute for 2 minutes.

    Now add cooked black beans, corn and salt to taste. Mix everything together till well combined

    Paneer Veggie Taco-Recipe-Step-2To serve, place the rice, avocado cream sauce, tomato salsa and the veggies in separate bowls. Also place the taco shells and let everyone make their own tacos with their choice of filling and toppings!

    Vegetarian Bean Paneer Taco

    * You can play around with different veggies, salsa, sauces and cheese. That’s the fun part of tacos, there’s something for everyone!

    * Salt, lime juice and other seasoning can be adjusted to taste in the salsa, avocado cream sauce and the veggies.

    * You can use either hard or soft taco shells for this recipe.

    Paneer & Black Bean Tacos

    Serves: 4

    Paneer, Black Bean and Sweet Corn come together in these flavorful Protein Packed Vegetarian Tacos, topped with Fresh Tomato Salsa and Avocado Cream Sauce!
    Ingredients
    8 Taco shells
      Avocado Cream Sauce
      • 1 avocado, big
      • ½ cup yogurt
      • salt, to taste
      • pepper, to taste
      • 1.5 tablespoons lime juice
      Rice
      • 1 cup rice
      • 1 tablespoon cilantro or coriander, finely chopped
      • 1 teaspoon lime juice
      Veggies
      • ½ cup sweet corn
      • ½ cup black beans, cooked
      • ¾ cup paneer, cut into small cubes
      • ½ green pepper, thinly sliced
      • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
      • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
      • ½ lime, juiced
      • ¾ teaspoon taco seasoning
      • salt, to taste
        Instructions
        Avocado Cream Sauce
        1. Cut and peel the avocado and take out it's pulp in a bowl.
        2. Add greek yogurt to it.
        3. Transfer to a food processor, add lime juice, salt and pepper and pulse till smooth and creamy. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
        Rice
        1. Take 1 cup of cooked rice in a bowl. I used long grain Asian rice, you can use any rice of your choice.
        2. Add chopped cilantro/coriander leaves, some lime juice to it.
        3. Mix till well combined and set aside.
        Veggies
        1. Add 1 teaspoon of oil to a pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds to it and wait till the seeds crackle.
        2. Once the seeds crackle and the paneer cubes, sliced green pepper and taco seasoning. Saute for 2 minutes.
        3. Now add cooked black beans, corn and salt to taste. Mix everything together till well combined
        To Serve
        1. Place the rice, avocado cream sauce, tomato salsa and the veggies in separate bowls.
        2. Also place the taco shells or soft tortilla and let everyone make their own tacos with their choice of filling and toppings!

         

         

        34 thoughts on “Paneer & Black Bean Tacos

        1. How delicious! I love homemade tacos! There are so many things you can add to them! Pinned!
          We’ve been in a “Mexican style food” mood this week , too! I took some pictures, but haven’t posted anything yet!

        2. Manali, I just saw this recipe. They look awesome! Love the Mexican-Indian fusion. Bet they tasted great. Did you know that in Mexico we don’t have taco shells? Just soft tortilla

        3. Hey Manali!

          I tried the taco’s today and everything turned out to be so awesome..Especially your idea about mixing the avocado with the yoghurt (I used regular non greek yoghurt) was super..The guac turned out to be so smooth and soft..Got many compliments from friends!

          Thanks for the recipe and keep posting more.

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