Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Just for Gaia... Gorditas!




Fabulous Gaia at Live it Up Vegan asked us all to contribute a dish made by our lovely partners, so I bring you, Gorditas by Daiku!

Gorditas are like thick tortillas made with masa harina. (Click here for a Wikipedia article on them) They are usually filled with a thick stewy filling.

For the gorditas, Daiku mixed white masa with water, as if he were making tortillas, but formed thick rounds free-hand instead of with a tortilla press. He then grilled the dough on the lightly oiled stove-top griddle.

For the filling, he mixed together: black beans, tvp, chipotles in adobo sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, raisins, corn, and plenty of cumin, chili powder, coriander, and other spices.

Rounding out the meal: some saffron brown rice, some chopped cilantro, and lime slices. This was a surprise weeknight dinner, and I loved it all, especially the gorditas, crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. They were the perfect foil for the spicy beans.

Salud, mi amigos! HAPPY MAY DAY (INTERNATIONAL WORKERS' DAY)!


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20 comments:

meesh said...

Mmmm...looks like quite the meal! How sweet that he cooked up such a spread on a week night. I know how crazy things get around my house with work and school and whatnot.

Lucky you. :)

theONLYtania said...

Very nice job to Daiku! It looks fabulous.

scottishvegan said...

Yay for Daiku! That looks like a very yummy meal! I’ve never heard of raisins with beans…sounds like an interesting but good mix! I so wish Wee G could cook :)

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Gaia said...

Oh yum, yum, yum !
You too are awesome ! Can you adopt me ? :p

I'll post about it and link to it soon !

Merci !

laura jesser said...

Yum - Way to go, Daiku! I have to admit that I am skepticcal about the raisins... but hey, I'd give it a shot! :)

SusanV said...

Looks great! I'm even interested in those raisins.

Urban Vegan said...

oh my gordita, they look yummy. way to go, daiku!

bazu said...

Daiku is loving all these comments! To be fair, he does his fair share of the cooking around here.

About the raisins, we put them in everything: lentils, chili, beans of all kinds. I can see why they would seem unusual to a lot of people, but if you like a hint of sweet (especially with spicy/smoky dishes) it's worth a try!

Theresa said...

Hmm, raisins, I can see how that would be good. I love putting raisins on my salads.

Happy May Day to you, too!

Johanna3 said...

looks great!

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

I wish I could make one for myself to enjoy! Fabulous, Daiku! I LOVE how you made hand-made "tortillas" out of masa. This is my kind of meal.

runswithdog said...

Workers of the world, Unite! Power to the people!
Seize the means of production! Down with the Bourgeoisie! LOL

Happy May Day, Bazu!
That looks like a wonderful dinner.

Kati said...

Wow homemade tortillas! Tell Daiku I am very impressed. I will have to try the raisins-in-beans some time - sounds kind of tasty.

Emmy said...

Looks like a super tasty dinner :) WTG Daiku!!!

Judy said...

If I had to contribute something my partner had made it would be..oh, wait, nothing.

aTxVegn said...

Daiku did a fantastic job! You know this texas girl is loving the looks of those gorditas. And he surprised you - awesome!

Mikaela said...

What a sweetie - this meal looks fun and yummy! :)

KleoPatra said...

YUMMY!!! Daiku, fab job!

vko said...

Ah you are a lucky girl Bazu- having such a tasty feast prepared by your Daiku!