Indian Fajitas - Schwartz #FlavourofTogether
Chicken fajitas meets chicken jalfrezi to make these wonderful Indian Fajitas. A simple chicken jalfrezi makes the fajita filling and tortilla wraps have been swapped for chapattis. A cooling mint raita replaces sour cream. This is a really easy and delicious recipe.
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So, inspired by the 'Modern Masala' trend I've made these Indian Fajitas. They're a modern twist on two classic spicy family meals which are favourites in our house - fajitas and curry! The chicken jalfrezi filling and mint raita are lighter and fresher than full on ruby, and it's fun to build them and roll them like a fajita! This is real social get round the table and get stuck in food, which is what I really love.
Indian Fajitas are also incredibly easy to make and one for the whole family to enjoy. I halved the spices (leaving out the chilli completely) and my 3 and 5 year old boys ate this too! Use tortilla wraps if you can't find chapattis, or make your own chapattis using this easy recipe. You can also buy ready made raita or a yoghurt dip if you prefer.
- Makes: 4 servings / 8 fajitas
- Time: 30 minutes start to finish
- Cost: £2.06 per serving*
- Calories: 614 per serving*
- *for one serving = two Indian Fajitas made with chapattis served with raita
For the chicken jalfrezi style filling:
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon tomato puree
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar (white is fine if you don't have brown)
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons of each: ground coriander, cumin, ginger, chilli flakes, garlic granules**
- 450g diced chicken breast or thigh (around 1cm strips)
- Red, yellow and green pepper, sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
**substitute for 4 cloves of fresh garlic if you prefer
For the raita:
- 300ml low fat natural yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon dried mint
- Lime juice to taste (optional)
- 8 chapattis or tortilla wraps
- Lime wedges, fresh coriander, fresh chopped chillies (optional)
- Start by making the raita. Mix the yoghurt and mint and add lime juice to taste. Chill in the fridge until ready to use.
- Place the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and brown sugar in a frying pan. Stir well, bring to the boil and simmer until the mixture has reduced to a very thick tomato sauce.
- Heat the oil in another pan and add the chopped onion. Stir fry until soft. Add the dried spices to the onion and stir fry for 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Add the chicken to the onion and spices. Stir fry until browned all over. Add the peppers to the chicken and cook for a further two minutes.
- Add the tomato sauce to the chicken and peppers. Stir well so the sauce coats everything. Cook for a further few minutes and check the chicken pieces are cooked through. Season to taste.
- Serve in a similar way to fajitas - fill the chapatti or tortilla with the chicken and drizzle over the raita. Add some fresh coriander, a squeeze of lime and some fresh chillies if you like.
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