Tostadas are my best go to meals on a lazy day. Tostada is a Mexican dish usually made with crispy fried tortillas with a lot of toppings. Tostadas became a delicious and hearty way to extend and make use of leftover tortillas which were no longer fresh enough to fold for tacos but still fresh enough to be eaten. For me, it’s like an open faced sandwich where instead of bread we use tortilla. Usually these are prepared using corn tortilla, however, I have given it a twist and prepared it using Ragi Roti or Ragi Tortilla. Ragi is also know as Finger Millet which a rich source of fibre and helps lower cholesterol level and also helps in weight loss.
Is there a difference between Taco and Tostada?
Yes! The word taco comes from the Nahuatl word ‘tlahco’ which means “half or in the middle”, referring to the way it is formed. Taco can be a soft or a crisp corn shell, with a filling or stuffing or choice. Whereas, Tostada is a Spanish word meaning “toasted” made with a fried tortilla and topped with a mixture of veggies or meat of choice.
Pesto Chicken Tostada is an absolutely healthy and yummy recipe which calls for some boiled chicken mixed with pesto, veggies topped on a toasted Ragi Chapati. To add some seasoning, I’ve used Mexican spice that takes this dish to absolutely another level making it even more delicious giving it a Mexican touch. Ofcourse, you can feel free to use any chapati or tortillas you have available at home.
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Let’s get started with the easy peazzy recipe for Pesto Chicken Tostada.
- 2 leftover ragi chapati / tortilla
- 1 cup boiled shredded chicken
- 2 tbsp pesto (homemade or ready made)
- 2 tbsp mayo
- 1 cup mix of chopped lettuce, bell peppers
- 1 tsp Mexican seasoning
- In a bowl, mix chicken with pesto and keep aside
- Heat a pan and toast the chapati or tortillas till crisp from both sides. If you wish you can apply some oil or butter on each side.
- To assemble, spread mayo on the chapati, add some pesto chicken and lettuce with bell peppers and sprinkle some Mexican seasoning.
- Garnish and serve
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