Indian Street Tacos - with garam masala and lime juice marinated shrimp, mango and tomato salsa, and cucumber and mint raitta - all wrapped in a soft flour tortilla are a delightful summer Indian-fusion treat perfect for a backyard bbq or picnic!
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks - Indian-Mexican Fusion
Oh yes! Indian and Mexican are favorites at Andersen casa. While I've never worked on an Indian Street Taco, I find so many of my recipes like Easy Mango Salsa and Mexican Cilantro Rice are as at home with Instant Pot Mexican Pulled Pork as they are with an Indian Tandoori Chicken.
Apparently, Indian-Mexican fusion is a "thing" in urban areas in India. I find this to be very exciting! In this spirit, when our Progressive Eats hostess Anshie Dhar of Spice Roots chose "An Indian Picnic" as a theme, I embraced that theme!
Beyond Mere Sustenance is "healthyish global and Latin inspired," so street tacos seemed like an obvious choice for "picnic" food. Our proximity to the Gulf of Mexico means high-quality shrimp is abundant, and honestly, it's our favorite protein!
🌮About Indian Street Tacos with Grilled Shrimp
Have I piqued your curiosity yet? So, how what makes this taco "Indian?" Indian Street Tacos consist of soft flour tortillas with 3 components:
- Shrimp marinated in a mixture of fresh lime juice, garam masala, garlic, and ginger
- A cucumber-mint raitta
- Mango and Tomato Salsa
Step #1: Make the marinade with fresh lime juice, garam masala (Indian spice mix), cayenne (optional for heat), minced garlic and ginger. Add the shrimp, and marinate 15-30 minutes before grilling.
Step #2: While the shrimp soaks, make the Mango and Tomato Salsa, and the Cucumber and Mint Raitta. Lastly, grill the shrimp in either a basket or on skewers. Warm the flour tortillas. Serve with fresh cilantro and lime wedges!
🧂 About Garam Masala
Garam masala is thought to have originated in northern Indian. I refer to it as a "warm spice," one with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, coriander, cumin, and cardamom. Additionally, you may find turmeric, saffron, fennel seeds, ginger, garlic, mustard seeds, mace, star anise, tamarind, fenugreek, bay leaves, Malabar leaves, or dried red chiles.
I do occasionally make my own garam masala, and I rely on this basic recipe from Spruce Eats. You can find ready-made garam masala in most spice sections at your local market, and Amazon is always an option!
📋 Ingredients You'll Need
Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.
- fresh squeezed lime juice
- fresh ginger, minced
- garam masala
- cayenne (optional)
- large shrimp, peeled and deveined
Mango and Tomato Salsa
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper
- fresh lime juice
Cucumber Mint Raitta
- plain Greek yogurt
- fresh mint
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Indian Street Tacos
- soft flour tortillas
- marinated and grilled shrimp
- mango and tomato salsa
- cucumber mint raitta
- cilantro and lime wedges to garnish
- Prepare the marinade - As the photos above suggest, first prepare the marinade. Place the shrimp and the marinade in a zip bag, and let them soak for 15-30 minutes. Longer than 30 minutes, and you risk rubbery chicken! Oh no!
- Make the Mango and Tomato Salsa - While the shrimp soak, make the Mango and Tomato Salsa. This summery salsa is basically my Easy Mango Salsa with the addition of quartered tiny tomatoes.
- Make the Cucumber and Mint Raitta - I have some vigorous mint plants in my herb garden, but once the temperature hits 100 degrees, they'll be gone. Substitute cilantro or basil. The fresh herbs add a fresh note to the street tacos that we really love! A simple raitta is just plain yogurt and grated and pressed cucumber. We love the addition of fresh herbs. Take the time to press out the liquid so as to avoid diluting the yogurt...
- Grill the shrimp - You have a couple of good options (and I've done both) - skewer them, or grill them in a basket. Preheat the grill to medium-high. They really only need 5-6 minutes total.
- Assemble the Indian street tacos - Whether you're packing a picnic or dining al fresco, keep the various components separate and assemble as you serve.
This is a perfect dish any day of the week because it comes together so quickly!
Now, let's get back to our "Indian Picnic!" Take a moment to peruse this awesome collection of casual, summer Indian recipes.
🍽 Progressive Eats
Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month's theme is an Indian Picnic, and our host is Ansh who blogs at Spice Roots.
If you're unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats it's a virtual party. A theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. Come along and see all of the delicious Indian Picnic inspired dishes!
An Indian Picnic
- Indian Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce - That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Sweet Potato Chaat - Spice Roots
- Onion Pakoras - Indian Fritters with Spicy Sauce - Creative Culinary
- Aloo Paratha - Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Kati Rolls With Chicken and Egg - Mother Would Know
- Lamb Meatballs in the Instant Pot - Shockingly Delicious
- Indian-Style Beef Kabobs with Cilantro - Coconut Sauce - From a Chef’s Kitchen
- Indian Street Tacos with Grilled Shrimp - Beyond Mere Sustenance