Mexican chickpea fajitas with Veronika ~ Vegan, Egg/Dairy/Refined flour free recipe

In case you are wondering where I had disappeared to, well, I did not.  I was very much here.  And I was bouncing with thoughts and ideas and excitement.  So much, that I just could not bring myself to sit and write down or concentrate enough to photograph anything!  It is all to do with the arrival of Summer, and with it the Holiday Season.  I am going to take off on a trek, this time to Sarkundi Pass in the lower slopes of the Himalayas along scenic, beautiful, Himachal Pradesh.  I however requested a few friends to help me keep the blog going.  Friends who started off as strangers whom I met in ‘Flickr’, ‘blogger’ or facebook.  They kindly consented to do guest posts so that the food section keeps getting updated here.

Today it is my pleasure to introduce Vera to you.  Veronika writes a food blog that goes by the apt title ‘The Kitchen Finesse’.  I was attracted to her beautiful blog since my first visit to her flickr stream.  Her finesse in photography and styling are unique and captivating.  She is not vegan, but she loves to experiment once in a while as she will tell you herself.  I hope you enjoy the lovely Mexcian spread she is sharing today.

Please welcome Veronika Studer.

Hello everyone out there. I just have one question to you. Are you a vegan? Quite silly question assuming you are reading Harini’s gorgeous blog so must have a great interest in veganism (is that a word at all?) or being a vegan allready. If you are, then you are my hero. I have to admit that I am everything but. Altough I deserve a bit of a credit since a decade ago I used to be a vegetarian.   (it just hit me that I am going to turn thirtysomething this year, I need a moment to wrap my head around it…)

Few weeks ago I decided to give it a try to eating vegan, how hard could this be. Well, if you are new around here, or  just thinking about turning to vegan I have to tell you, that it is much -let me correct myself, much much much- harder as it seems. Eating vegetables are not a problem, I love them but then every recipe that crossed my mind required either eggs, butter or milk for that matter.  I really strated to loose my mind. How the heck do people eat vegan? They must be all heroes. For me it seemed to be close to impossible. At the end of the week I finished up the whole vegetable section of the grocery store and was craving something spicy, a complete meal and it just hit me… I want Mexican fajitas very badly.  It turned out to be excellent, actually I could not stop eating them until I finished it all up. Was a great end to my vegan week. To sum it up, you people are my stars. Eating vegan is a great challange, not easy but refreshing. I have to admit, I am far from turning vegan, but since then I try to eat so at least once a week and feels great.

Recipe:  Mexican chickpea fajitas

Wheat flour tortilla:

Either store bought or make them yourself

250g wheat flour

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

½ tsp salt

½ tsp baking powder

Approx. 150 ml water

Mix the ingredients, cut the dough into 6-8 pieces and roll to 2-3 mm thick discs. Heat up pan and bake each side of the tortilla until truns lightly browned.

Tomato Salsa:

400g canned tomato (or fresh)

1 onion

1 minced garlic



Mix the tomato with the small cut onion and garlic. Season to taste. (if you use fresh tomatoes, then cut a cross on the top and drop it few minutes into hot water, then peel them)

Chickpea fajitas:

500g canned chickpea (or dried, soaked in water and cooked until tender)

2 large onions

4 minced garlic

½ tsp ground cumin

1 bell pepper

1 tsp cayenne pepper

Zest and juice of a lime

Chilli (according to taste)

4 Tbsp vegetable oil



Serve with:  fresh avocado, tomato salsa and tortilla

Heat up vegetable oil in a pan. Add coarsely chopped oinon and bell pepper. Bake until slightly browned. Add strained chickpea, garlic and season to taste. Let it cook for about 10 minutes.  Stir in the juice of the lime and zest. Serve hot with avocado, salsa and wrap it in tortilla.

I am sure you want to know more about her kind of food after that delicious breakfast!

You can also connect with Vera on Facebook and flickr.

I shall be away for nearly the whole month with not access to the ‘web’, but my friends will bring you some really mouth-watering dishes to make up for my absence!  Stay tuned.  And when I return, I will show you a slice of the Heaven I am touring!

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Have your say

  1. Lovely recipe and beautiful presentation. Enjoyed every bit of the post!!!

  2. What an honest and beautiful guest post Harini & Vera!
    I have always adored Vera’s photography and sense of styling and follow her work on Flickr.
    Her work is inspirational.
    It is awesome to see her guest posting on your blog!
    Trekking in Himalayas? Harini, now you are inspiring me at a different level!
    Have a fantastic time soaking in the purity of the Himalayas.. It is my dream too to go there someday..

  3. I have to agree with Veronika. I cannot overcome the urge to reach for the yoghurt bowl every meal.
    Recipes like these are simply appetising, the chickpea and the salsa are truly a treat and her picture is a feast to the eyes.

  4. Beautiful clicks Veronica… Glad that I found your blog thru Harini.
    Harini.. i was missing you in Blogosphere 🙂 Looks like it is guest post month here !!

  5. I had a feeling you are on a trip 🙂 Have fun out there and take like a zillion photos 😛
    Vera is so talented and I found her in Flick! Love her photos and the fajitas does sounds yum!

  6. Harini, thanks again for the lovely invite and four your supernice words. Have a great time on your vacation 🙂

  7. Hmm…. I am deciding that I like being missed, Spandana.;) So glad that I could introduce you to Vera. Yes, she is an awesome photographer! And this month is guest post month. 🙂

  8. I am yet to start but could not contain the excitement. 😀 Thanks! So glad you like this post by Vera!

  9. My pleasure to have you here, Vera! Thank you for accepting, and for the wishes. You have a great time too! 🙂

  10. Glad you enjoyed this post, Radhika! Inspiring and me – I am thrilled. 😀 Thank you! Some day I am sure you will go too. 🙂

  11. I love the boards and the color play and the simple and delicious recipe! I dint know about her blog so it is great to find Veronika!

    Have a fun trip Harini.

    The fundraiser on my blog is now live. Do drop by and share if you have a minute! Thanks a bunch:)

  12. God Girl !! What are you upto .. Exhilarating post !
    Always an amazing experience to go through your blog 🙂

  13. Hi.. I love your blog! I have a ques – is ur blog a self-hosted wordpress account?

  14. Thanks, ME. This is a wordpress account hosted on Bigrock.

  15. Hi.. thanks so much! 🙂 So u bought the domain on bigrock & mapped it with wordpress?

  16. Yes. 🙂

  17. beautiful guest post! I am craving mexican food for dinner now 🙂

  18. Hi Harini, love your post and photography too! I have not commented on blogs and am generally a silent learner from various inspirational blogs and your is one of them too. I am a newbie into this food blogging world but now this has become my passion. Got to try out various cuisines. Will keep coming back to your space for more. Thank You.

  19. You are very kind, Anamika! Thank you. 🙂 Welcome to blogging, and I know you will soon find many like-minded people and friendships you will cherish.

  20. Hi there!

    I have 2 good reasons to be on this blog..Reason 1 my wife..Reason 2 my passion..My wife loves cooking and she loves to experiment with food …! And so far all her experiments have been successful (Guess she shld join NASA..bad one) Reason 2..I love photography and albeit i do street photography, the sheer depth and clarity of the pictures on your blog, has left me gasping for more..! Please do also share sme pictures of your trip to heaven..ala Himlayas..all the best!

  21. Thank you very much for your kind words. Also good to read your appreciation of your wife’s cooking skills. I love street photography too but I really need to muster more courage to do that! I will share some of my photographs from the trek soon. Thank you!

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