October 1, 2020

Mexican Rice Burrito with Cumin Roasted Cauliflower and Taco Ranch Dressing | Easy Dinner Ideas

Think Mexican, think vegetarian Burritos/ Tacos / Enchiladas. The family loves Mexican Cuisine so we make it regularly at home. Yes, I agree the prep work is just too much, but with a veggie-loving family, its a great way to get kids to eat their weekly quota of veggies easily with Mexican Cuisine, don’t you agree?

What comes to your mind when you think about Mexican cuisine?

How about a Mexican Sizzler
Esquites (warm Corn Salad)? 
Swati's Nacho Soup
A Indo-Mexican fusion dish - Jain style Taco Bhel  
Mayuri's Nachos and Mango Salsa - a fun dish that I have bookmarked for the kids
A quick Baked Tortilla chips for a snack

Or ... Mexican Burrito?

Yes, today is a delicious Mexican Rice Wraps with Cumin Roasted Cauliflower, Salsa and Taco Ranch Dressing

Wraps are like a convenient one pot meal, Yes, 2 hours of prep time is demolished in minutes, but just consider the advantage - fewer utensils to clean up ! 
Huge Bonus there, isnt it ?

The advantage of these wraps are :
  • Totally customisable with veggies / fillings of your choice
  • Mess-free
  • Drip free.
  • Top / Fill in any condiment of your choice
  • Any base of your choice - corn tortillas / flour tortillas etc.. I have even seen recipes with leftover chapatis / Indian flatbreads.      
Narmadha’s idea of Mexican Cuisine for Sshh Cooking Challenge made me think a little bit more.. and we got a filling dish. Her Oven Roasted Potatoes dish surely got me excited.. 

My partner for this challenge Swaty gave me garlic and cumin as my secret ingredients and I used them in each of my two dishes. Check out her blog to see the delicious Black Bean Salad with Tacos she’s dished out with the two ingredients - Chilli flakes and Lemon juice - I gave her. 

And, do pin this recipe and let me know how you liked it… 

Lets get to the recipe:


Base 1 - Tortillas
Base 2  - Tomato Salsa (Recipe below) 
Dressing  - Taco Ranch dressing (recipe below!)
Topping 1 - Roasted Cauliflower (recipe below)
Filling 1 - Mexican Fried Rice with Jalapenos (click for recipe)
Filling  2 - Salad veggies

(A) To make the Tomato Salsa:
Deseeded Finely chopped Ripe tomatoes - 1 cup
Onions-  2 TBSP (finely minced)
Tomato sauce / Ketchup - 1 TBSP
Salt, Pepper - to taste
Finely chopped jalapeño / green chillies - to taste
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Finely chopped coriander - 1 tsp

How to:
Mix all ingredients together, chill in a bowl to serve


(B) TACO Ranch Dressing:
Hung Curd - 4 TBSP ( you can sub with sour cream as well)
Eggless Mayo - 2 TBSP
Taco Seasoning - 1 TBSP
Dried Garlic powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli flakes to top

How to:
Whip together the mayo and the hung curd (or sour cream) with a few ice cubes. Add the seasoning and garlic powder. Mix well. Top with chilli flakes and serve. This dressing goes with anything from tacos to salads to grilled veggies (or chicken). Make a small batch and refrigerate till serving. 

(C) Cumin Roasted Cauliflower:
Medium Sized cauliflower  - about 300 grams - cut into bite sized florets
Rice flour - 3 TBSP
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Piri Piri Masala - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli flakes - 1/4 tsp
Salt & pepper - to taste
Oil - 3 TBSP (split use)

How to:
Blanch the cauliflower florets in mildly salted water for about 6-7 mins (or till 70% tender). I microwaved it for 8 mins. 
Drain all water and pat them dry. 
In a bowl, add the florets, rice flour, the spice powders and salt n pepper. Add half the oil and mix well. 
Let it marinate for 30 mins minimum
In the meanwhile, preheat oven to 200 C. 
Add the remaining oil to the marinated cauliflower and slightly grease the baking sheet.
Grill for 10-15 mins till slightly brown (you can roast them all the way through to golden brown, but I cut back a bit as my oven temp settings was cranky, so they look blonde) 

PART 2 : How to assemble

Take a Tortilla, apply the ranch dressing at the base. Add few TBSP of Mexican Fried Rice. Top with salsa, roasted cauliflower, salad veggies and make a wrap. Top with more taco dressing if needed
Customise the fillings / assembly process to suit your palate. 


  1. Loved every bit of the recipe you have posted. The roasted cauliflower looks really delicious. I would want to eat this right away

  2. Love the idea of using roasted cauliflower for burrito with homemade ranch dressing. A delicious and filling meal to enjoy. When I first had a burrito years ago in Florida, I was so baffled as to why rice would be wrapped in a flatbread.

  3. Oooh, that's a delish burrito! I totally love the idea of using roasted cauliflower as a filling. The homemade ranch dressing sounds amazing too. :)

  4. That's a delicious burrito! I love the idea of using roasted cauliflower as a filling. The homemade ranch dressing sounds amazing too. :)

  5. That's one delicious burrito! I love the idea of using roasted cauliflower as a filling. The home-made ranch dressing sounds amazing too. :)

  6. Lovely rice burrito, filling and tasty. It looks like a winner to me, yummy.

  7. I agree KAlyani that Mexican food needs a lot of pre-preparation but since everyone loves it and kids eat away the veggies in it happily.. it makes worth all the efforts.. so delicious!!

  8. That is such a fully loaded burritto, so fulfilling during a hungry afternoon... So colorful!

  9. A good way to feed some cauliflower to the kids, they would love this wrap

  10. Such a filling wholesome buritto with roasted cauliflower and home-made ranch dressing ! Looks absolutely tempting !

  11. I never thought of adding cauliflower to my burrito. This looks so delicious and filling. Great idea.

  12. Mexican rice burrito with cumin roasted cauliflower looks super tasty and sounds very interesting, I tasted & prepared very Mexican recipes. Loved your share for Mexican cuisine, like to try it for some time.

  13. Cauliflowers and ranch are a match made in heaven. With the kids going early, i do make a lot of wraps for them. So glad to see this as i can preprep these and be on the go.

  14. Rice burrito with roasted cauliflower and ranch dressing is a delicious wholesome meal.Home made dressing is the best.

  15. Totally love the way you have seasoned the cauliflower kalyani here ! Very appealing and appetizing i am going to make as I am a cauliflower lover ;)

  16. This looks too tempting Kalyani. Mexican rice burrito with roasted cauliflower, veggies and dressing looks so delicious.

  17. Interesting and lovely dish Kalyani.These cumin roasted cauliflowers are really amazing and superb. It's delicious and yummy.


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