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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Indian Burritos

Today’s recipe has been a long time coming. It’s been in my head forEVER and today I finally took it out of my head and made it reality. And boy-oh-boy am I glad I did. I never say “boy-oh-boy,” so that should tell you how good this recipe is.

indian burritos with tandoori chicken, masala sauce and raita by @janemaynard

For quite some time I’ve been thinking that Indian food would be good filler for a burrito. After all, flour tortillas are a really excellent blank canvas for all kinds of flavors. Including Indian flavors.

indian burritos with tandoori chicken, masala sauce and raita by @janemaynard

I used my homemade tandoori chicken as the base for the burrito, then just piled on all kinds of other wonderful ingredients. The result was delectable. In fact, I had an Indian burrito for lunch today and then couldn’t wait to have it again for dinner.

indian burritos with tandoori chicken, masala sauce and raita by @janemaynard

If I wanted to start a food truck (which I don’t), this burrito is what I would serve. Since I’m never going to start a food truck, I’ll just spill all my secrets.

indian burritos with tandoori chicken, masala sauce and raita by @janemaynard

In case you are wondering, our kids ate their burritos, although they each had a different variation, from Owen with just tandoori chicken and rice to Anna who used about half of the ingredients to Cate who went for the whole enchilada, or burrito, actually!

I think it’s time to get right down to the recipe. Enjoy!

Note: There is a delicious recipe for Masala Sauce below, but I have since created a much simpler version called Masala Salsa. Click here for the Masala Salsa recipe if you are interested!

Indian Burritos
If Mexican food is good in a burrito, why wouldn't Indian food be good, too? The answer: it is!
  • Large flour tortillas
  • Tandoori chicken (click here for recipe)
  • Grilled onions
  • Grilled bell peppers
  • Jasmine or basmati rice, cooked in salted water
  • Canned chickpeas
  • Masala sauce (see recipe below)
  • Raita sauce (see recipe below)
  • Lentils (you can look for a recipe for "dal" online, or just buy the boxed, cooked lentils at Trader Joe's!)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Make sure your tandoori chicken, onions, peppers, rice, chickpeas and masala sauce are all warm/hot.
  2. Warm the tortilla on both side on the stove in a large, dry frying pan.
  3. Pile on all of the ingredients above and wrap the tortilla up burrito style!

masala sauce for indian burritos by @janemaynard


Masala Sauce
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This chunky tomato-based masala sauce is a perfect topper for Indian burritos!
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, pressed through a garlic press
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, most of the fluid drained off
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon cardamom
  1. In a small sauce pan heat the oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent.
  2. Add garlic, stir and cook about 1 minute.
  3. Add tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients. Bring sauce to a simmer over medium to medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium low, maintaining a simmer, and cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Blend about ⅔ of the mixture in a blender, then add back into the pan and stir. Serve warm.

recipe for Indian raita sauce made from yogurt and cucumbers by @janemaynard


Raita Sauce (Indian Yogurt Sauce)
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Basic recipe for raita, an Indian yogurt-based sauce with cucumber.
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (for a great non-dairy option, use cashew yogurt)
  • ½ cup shredded cucumber (peel and core the cucumber before shredding)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • ⅛ teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 shakes cardamom
  1. Mix everything together! Serve cold.



  1. 1
    Denise Fla

    Wow! This looks great! Is the raita sweet? I ask, as a couple of years ago on vacation I went to an Indian restaurant in Aruba for the first time. One of the things they served was a raita, it was a little sweet and I have been looking for the recipe for years and have been unable to find. Thanks for sharing.

    • hi denise! no, this raita is not sweet, BUT…you could easily sweeten it up! I would experiment with just straight up sugar, or maybe even agave nectar. go 1 teaspoon at a time until you get it right! that sounds pretty delicious… 🙂

  2. 2
    Bonnie Lawrence

    I am always looking for new casual-dinner-parties-with-kids recipes. It’s all make ahead and DIY! Perfect. I’m inviting people over for dinner this weekend just to try it. 🙂

    • you are 100% correct about the make ahead aspect! The last few days we’ve had all the ingredients ready to go, just pull it out and throw it together. It’s been awesome! hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  3. 3

    What a great idea and delicious looking meal!

  4. 4

    Beautiful and flavorful! Looks like the perfect autumn meal, Jane!

  5. What a great meal! We had them this week, and everyone made theirs to taste….”happy plates” all around. We ran out of tortillas before the fixins’. What did we do for leftovers? Two words: Indian Pizzas. Thank me later. 🙂

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