A pretty good portion of the leftovers in my life end up going into burritos. When you blog about food on a regular basis you end up with lots of leftovers, and since I live in a two person home and don’t always blog two person meals, my fridge is generally overflowing with leftovers. I’ve become pretty good at repurposing these meals, and a warm tortilla works brilliantly when it comes to using up spicy, saucy dishes, like Indian food.
Does Indian food in a burrito sound weird? It shouldn’t! Between the copious use of rice, legumes, veggies and spicy sauces, Indian food shares lots of elements with the Mexican fillings you’d normally put into a burrito, so it doesn’t end up tasting weird at all. In fact, it’s pretty darn fantastic.
For this particular recipe I went and created an Indian-inspired filling that’s actually designed to be eaten in a burrito. This works out nicely for anyone who follows a vegan diet, because vegan naan can be tough to come by, but a flour tortilla satisfies my bready cravings in the same way that naan does, and it conveniently doubles as a wrap. The cauliflower chickpea filling is somewhat on par with chana masala in terms of flavor, and comes together quickly and easily. The coconut basmati rice is a bit of indulgence, but so worth it. I got into the habit a while back of adding coconut milk to rice whenever I’m serving it up as a side for stir-fry type recipes. I usually go with jasmine or plain white rice, but adding some light coconut milk to basmati gives it a great richness that you might be yearning for if you’ve ever enjoyed the buttery basmati served up at Indian restaurants. As an added bonus, if you decide to spice up your cauliflower chickpea filling with some hot sauce, which is totally optional, the coconut milk does a great job of calming down the heat.
For the coconut basmati rice:
For the curried cauliflower & chickpeas:
Make the coconut basmati rice:
Make the curried cauliflower & chickpeas:
Assemble the burritos:
If you'd like a little heat, add a finely chopped serrano pepper in when you add your garlic and ginger. You can also season up the mixture with some Asian chili paste or your favorite hot sauce after cooking.
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