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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

red-kidney-bean-tacosTacos is very new to me. I saw in a cookery show first time. Later Vj keeps insisting me to try Mexican dishes as it has few good vegetarian recipes and suits our taste buds too. But I used to ask him what to try. Later tried Quesadilla and Salsa. And this is my next one. But I made it my way with the ingredients I had in my pantry, so that my readers also find it simple and easy to try. Only thing you need to get specially is taco shells. If at Chennai, you can try at Amma naana, Nilgiris, Nuts N spices, Gormei (gourmet) Market - CIT Colony/Gandhinagar. It comes out really tasty and healthy with Rajma (red kidney beans), only very less sour cream (optional) and cheese.

Vegetarian rajma tacos recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Snack
Prep Time: 12 hrs soaking time    |  Cook time: 30 mins    Makes: 10

Ingredients for rajma filling

Rajma (Red kidney beans) , cooked or tinned - 1 cup

Garlic - 1 flake

Onion - 1

Tomato - 1, pureed

Fresh red ripe chilli (or spicy green chilli) - 2

Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup

Black pepper powder - 1 tsp

Olive oil - 3 tblsp

Salt - As needed

To serve

Taco shells - 10

Onion - 1

Tomato - 1

Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup

Lemon juice - 2 tsp

Sour cream - 3 tblsp

Grated cheese - 4 tblsp



  1. Pre heat oven at 180 deg C and bake the taco shells arranged in a baking tray as show in the picture. Leave little space so that it gets heated evenly.
  2. 1-bake 
  3. Once done, leave it in the oven for 3 – 4 mins and proceed with the filling. Heat oil and fry finely chopped garlic and green chillies for half a minute.
  4. 2-crisp 
  5. Add finely chopped onion and fry until transparent. Add the coriander leaves.
  6. 3-fry 
  7. Once it reduces in volume, add pureed tomato. I boiled tomato in hot water for a minute, peeled the skin, and ground it to make puree. Fry until oil separates. May take 3 mins in medium flame.
  8. 4-puree 
  9. Add cooked rajma and mix well for 2 minutes.Add required salt, water 1/2 cup and simmer for 5 minutes or until it turns semi dry.
  10. 5-add 
  11. Add black pepper and mix well. Now for serving, finely chop onion, tomato, coriander leaves and mix well with lemon juice. Keep all the needed items ready.
  12. 6-assemble
  13. Take a crisp taco shell, first fill with the rajma a layer, then a tsp of sour cream.
  14. 7-arrange 
  15. Then fill with the onion tomato mix and lastly grated cheese.
  16. 8-arrange


    • Baking the tacos is to make it crispier. Cannot be done in microwave mode.
    • You can skip sour cream too if you dont have. Also you can use hung curd in place of sour cream.
    • Monetary jack cheese or any mild cheese works best, processed cheese also can be used.
    • I used tinned rajma, if using tinned, drain and wash well before using.
    • To cook rajma, choose the red ones, not the black and soak overnight. Cook with enough water for 5 whistles with little salt.
    • Make sure you add required salt in rajma otherwise it will be bland. I guess tinned one has salt in it.
    • As soon as you assemble, serve/ eat it as it may go soft.

Perfect for your kids/ hubbies who come back to home, as snack. If you keep everything ready, you can just assemble and give them. Filling too, to satisfy their hunger pangs.

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  1. an awesome post and wonderful clicks :)

  2. Wonderful post . Need to know whether we get the tacos shell and rajma tin at fairprice

    1. Yes we do, I got both at CPB Fairprice finest.

  3. Superb post looking lovely...

  4. I never tasted it. But looks tempting

  5. Sounds interesting!!! nice post

  6. Tried it today and it was a great success, thank you. Loved the sublime flavours of coriander, lemon and pepper with crunchy onion and rajma. I used mojito sauce and baked tortilla wraps to get crispy taco shells.

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  8. hi raks akka,

    i dont hv oven in my home , wt to do????????????

    1. If the tacos are fresh, then it will be crisp, so make without baking.

  9. Thanks for the recipe .. Eagerly waiting to try it.. Can you tell me how long to bake the taco shells in the oven?

  10. How to cook tacos . ..here at my place not available at market

    1. I dont have recipe for that. Sorry

  11. Replies
    1. Read the first paragraph of the post.

  12. Nice Recipe would really love to try it out

  13. MashaAllah nice & tasty recipe ..everyone try it ....


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