Fried Apple Tacos

It’s apple season and we have a peppy appetizer which lavishly uses freshly harvested apples. Executive Chef Avinash Kumar from Novotel Imagica Khopoli near Mumbai, shares an innovative recipe of Fried Apple Tacos.

Tortilla
• Refined flour 300 gm
• Vegetable Oil 50 ml
• water 100 ml
• salt 3 gm
• Baking powder 5 gm

For crumb fried apple
• Apple 100 gm
• Cinnamon a pinch
• Salt 10 gm
• Water 200 ml
• Refined Flour 10 gm
• Bread crumbs 60 gm

Pico de Gallo
• Tomato 100 gm
• Onion 20 gm
• Jalapeno 20 gm
• Tomato juice 50 ml
• Lemon juice 10 ml
• Fresh coriander 5 gm
• Tobasco Sauce 5 ml

Red Pepper Pesto
• Red peppers 100 gm
• Pine nuts 20 gm
• Garlic 10 gm
• Parmesan cheese 20 gm


Method
• To make the tortilla dough, mix flour, salt, baking powder in a mixing bowl, add butter, water and knead the dough until smooth and elastic. Rest the dough for 10-12 minutes.
• Divide the dough in small roundels and roll into thin round tortillas. Cook until bubbly and flip it and cook on both sides. Keep it in a tortilla warmer.
• For crumb fried apple, cut the apples in wedges and blanch them in cinnamon and salt water.
• Make a batter of refined flour, salt, water and crumb the apple wedges and keep aside. Heat oil and deep fry them until golden brown.
• For Pico de Gallo, de-seed tomatoes and cut them into cubes, add chopped onion, coriander, tomato juice, tobasco, jalapeno and tomato juice. Mix well.
• For red pepper pesto, roast the bell peppers, de-seed and mince them. Add garlic, pine-nuts and parmesan cheese. Mix well.

To Assemble
• Place the tortilla in the tortilla holder; arrange the rocket leaves with the crumb fried apple. Add tomato salsa and red pepper pesto on top. Followed by shredded radish, fresh coriander and charred corn kernels.
Relish the fruity Mexican delight!

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