Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mexican Vegetable Gumbo

We were in Chicago about 2 years back. One of our friends introduced us to Qdoba Mexican Grill there and also to a wonderful dish called the Mexican Gumbo. Myself and hubby became a great fan of it and we became a frequent visitor to Qdoba. The only thing we used to order was this gumbo. It was such a comforting food. But now we don't have a Qdoba grill nearby and we miss gumbo a lot. So I searched for the gumbo recipe in the web, found there were many recipes and finally came with one after referring to many sites.

Gumbo is referred to as a soup or stew. There are vegetarian as well as meat gumbo's. Usually how gumbo is served is by adding some rice in a bowl, then some black/pinto beans on top and finally the soup is poured  into the bowl. You can add salsa, tortilla chips, sour cream , guacamole or cheese as toppings. This recipe is for a vegetarian gumbo. My hubby just loved it and I too enjoyed it. It tasted a little similar to the one we used to get at Qdoba. So now I am happy that I can prepare a gumbo at home :). But if you go to Qdoba, please don't forget to try the Mexican Gumbo.

What you need?

2 cups cooked Rice
1 cup cooked Pinto/Black Beans 
(Soak beans for 6-8 hours and pressure cook by adding a little salt.I have used Pinto beans here)

For the soup:
1/2 cup chopped Onion
1/2 cup chopped Bell Pepper
1/2 cup Corn
1 Garlic clove minced
1 Jalapeno chopped
2 Tomatoes chopped or use the canned one
3/4 th of a 32 oz can Vegetable broth (approx)
2 tsp Olive oil
1 tsp Cumin powder
few Cilantro/Coriander leaves chopped

Topping options:
Tortilla chips
Sour cream

How to prepare?

Heat oil in a large pan. Add the chopped garlic and onions. Saute until onion turns pink. Now add bell pepper and saute until they turn tender. Add the tomatoes,corn,jalapeno and cumin, saute for a minute or two. Now pour the broth, add salt and pepper.Bring this to a boil. Now simmer this for 15-20 minutes. It will get slight thick with a soup consistency.Add water if necessary. Add the coriander leaves and squeeze some lime juice.(or you can do this at the end)

To serve the gumbo, in a bowl add some rice. Now add some beans on top of the rice.

Pour the soup over this. Now use one or more of the topping options. I have used only Guacamole here.
View the recipe of Guacamole here. Mix everything well and enjoy this great dish :)

I would like to thank Laxmi of Samayal Diary to present me with a wonderful award - Innovative Blogger. She has taken lot of efforts to design some awards and pass on to some of her blogger friends. She has also listed which are her favourite recipes at each space. Kudos to you dear, I feel so happy today. It feels great when someone appreciates u and also takes time to let you know that!! Thanx a lot Laxmi :) Its not just an award for me, its an encouragement as well as a moment to know that there are friends who care about us :)

22 Tasty Comments:

Unknown said...

Wow delicious looking curry

khushi said...

lovely combination Sobha
and congrats for the award you truly deserve it :)
A Girl's Diary

Suja Manoj said...

New to me..healthy and delicious

Nithya said...

Looks absolutely new to me and yup its very interesting :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and amazing looking Mexican Gumbo. Very wholesome and fulfilling.

Hamaree Rasoi

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Yummy looking tasty bowl.

Sangeetha M said...

hey..this is one of my fav too ..looks great Sobha...great attempt i never thought to make them @ home...thanx for sharing..bookmarked!!!

Elaichii said...

Never tried this before, but looks like a good one pot meal!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Hey very nicely done recipe....Congrats on the award....

Unknown said...

Love this mexican delight. Congrats on your awards. It fits to you well.


Unknown said...

I love Mexican food & this dish looks delicious..
Congrats on u r award...

Anu said...

very nice and healthy with all Mexican flavors

Sravs said...

This is new to me !! very interesting and delicious !!

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Niru said...

wow..looks like a delicious one pot meal...very nice n healthy

Deeksha said...

This is new to me. Sounds interesting and delicious.

Mélange said...

Definite comfort food there..Love to have a bowl..Nice recipe Shobha..

Indian Khana said...

This nice ...quite colourful

purabi naha said...

This gumbo is really appealing! I have heard of the gumbo so much but never tried the I will refer to your recipe! Great post!!

Prathima Rao said...

I have heard so much about Gumbo & seeing this makes me realize that its time a give it a try...Looks appetizing & filling!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

A very new dish to me...looks good

cookingvarieties said...

hi sobha, forgot to tell you that i like your icon pic of the striking yellow flower.
this vegetarian soup looks so delicious, i must try it outlooks manageable . loks colorful too.
by the way, oday i will publish the coconut rice specially dedicated to you, may be in a months time..well after the busy ramadan and eid :) take care

Unknown said...

I have heard of gumbo, but never tried it. This looks delicious and one pot meal :)


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