Indian-Mexican Pinto Beans with Fried Tortillas

Indian-Mexican Pinto Beans with Fried Tortillas

Indian-Mexican plant based meal for lunch anyone?

This dish is oh so comforting and just. hits. the. spot!!! Best part, it's loaded with plant based protein and a ton of flavor. 

plant based protein pinto beans with wundernuggets

We just got creative in the  Crafty Counter kitchen yesterday and whipped up this delicious preparation of a classic Indian dish called ‘chole-bhatura’ which is traditionally made with garbanzo beans and a fermented all purpose flour fried tortilla.

In this recipe we turned things around a bit, and used pinto beans and the Mi Tienda tortillas from @heb, and topped off with Turmeric Lentil Wunder Nuggets and pico de gallo.

For the fried tortilla bhatura:

  • Heat oil in a ban (always pick ones with a high smoke point, such as avocado oil or sunflower oil)
  • Once oil is hot, dip the flour tortilla into it and lightly dab it with a spatula
  • The tortilla will poof up nice and round, at which time, flip it


For the beans:

  • Soak pinto beans overnight
  • Pressure cook the beans in instant pot under manual setting for 22 minutes Or you can cook them stove top, with plenty of water for about 1.5 hours until soft
  • TIP: Season the beans with cumin powder, coriander powder and salt so that the inside of the beans are flavored
  • In a separate deep dish, sauté onion, ginger and garlic paste until light brown
  • Add 2 tsp of cumin, coriander and garam masala powder
  • Add the boiled beans, and simmer for 10-15 minutes until all seasonings are blended well
  • Taste, and add spices/salt as needed
  • Garnish with some chopped cilantro and/or spring onions
  • Warm Wunder Nuggets in a toaster or conventional oven for 7-8 minutes
  • Place on top of the beans
  • Add pico de gallo

Now gobble up!

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