Vegetable and cheese grilled sandwich

This vegetable and cheese grilled sandwich is one of the most popular amongst the variety of sandwiches in Mumbai.

Every nook and corner of Mumbai has a handcart selling these and the regular vegetable sandwiches, with a spicy green chutney slathered on for good measure. Loaded with a variety of vegetables and toasted to perfection, it will remain the Mumbaikars favourite street food.

It is the fragrant coriander and mint chutney which adds flavour to this sandwich. Recipe given in the link below.

https://vinayasculinarydelights.com/all-purpose-chutney-recipe/

Ingredients:

A loaf of sandwich bread

All purpose chutney

Boiled potatoes, peeled and sliced

Cucumber peeled and sliced

Tomatoes sliced

Onions sliced thin

Beetroot boiled, peeled and sliced

Sandwich or chat masala

Cheese singles

Amul butter

Method:

Apply butter on both sides of two slices of bread. Spread chutney on one side of the buttered slices. Top one of them with the slices of vegetables mentioned above. Sprinkle with Chat masala and place a cheese single over them. Cover this with the other slice. Place this sandwich in a grill or in a hand held toaster and grill to a deep golden brown. Serve with tomato ketchup.

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Beetroot pockets.

Pretty looking beetroot pockets to make the children eat their veggies without a murmur. These are nothing but Momos or dim sums with beetroot puree added to the dough. The easiest and regular way of stuffing momos is by rolling out a poori, placing the filling in the centre, folding the dough into pleats and shaping it into a pouch.

Peel and chop a beetroot. Puree it and sieve it. Add it to the dough while kneading it.. the recipe link below gives you the exact measurements to make the dough and the filling.

https://vinayasculinarydelights.com/dim-sums-or-momos/

To shape pockets:

Roll out the poori. Place the filling in the centre. Pleat one half of the poori and press it tightly on the unpleated side. Bring the two ends together and press them on the centre of the dim sum to form a pocket. Similarly finish off with the remaining dough. Steam them in the manner mentioned in the recipe link given above.

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Paneer and Bell pepper stir fry-2

This particular dish of Paneer with Bell pepper is a family favourite… There are two other starters with Paneer in this website, but this continues to be an all time favourite… The tangy, sweet and spicy flavours make it a winner all the way.

Ingredients:

300 gms Paneer cubed into bite sized pieces

1/2 each of a green, red and yellow Bell pepper sliced into thin strips

2 large onions sliced into petals

100 gms sweet corn boiled

15 cloves of garlic finely chopped

2 inch piece of ginger grated

Schezwan sauce and tomato ketchup as required

1tsp pepper

Salt

3 tbsps Corn flour to dust.

Oil for frying

2tbsps Amul butter .

Method:

Sprinkle salt, pepper and corn flour on the paneer cubes and marinate it for fifteen minutes. Deep fry to a golden yellow. Drain and keep aside. Heat the butter in a pan. Add the chopped garlic and ginger and saute till the garlic turns golden brown. Add the onions and bell pepper and keep sauteing on a high flame till the onions turn translucent but the Bell peppers retain their crunch. Add the boiled corn and paneer. Add the Schezwan and tomato sauce as per your taste. Here I used around two tablespoons of both the sauces.. Mix well and serve immediately.

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Mayonnaise and vegetables sandwich.

An absolutely delicious option which is ideal for summers, this mayonnaise and vegetables sandwich is not just filling but enjoyed by young and old alike. Serve it at parties, get togethers or as a quick snack as they are extremely easy to make.

Ingredients:

One loaf of bread

Butter

Equal quantities of the following vegetables finely chopped:

Cucumber

Tomato

Onion

Capsicum/ Bell pepper

Grated carrot

Pepper powder

Eggless mayonnaise

Salt

Method:

Trim the edges of the slices of bread. Use the discarded edges to make bread crumbs. Butter the slices and keep aside. Tip in the chopped vegetables and grated carrot into a bowl. Refrigerate for an hour. Drop in mayonnaise, and pepper as per preference. Mix thoroughly. Add salt, mix and apply the mixture on the buttered side of the slice. Cover it with another slice of buttered bread, cut into triangles and serve immediately.

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Paneer, pepper, chilli fry.

The last four decades have seen a change in Indian eating habits. Dal, roti, rice, sabji though soul food, cuisine from all over the world is accepted but tweaked to suit the Indian palate. The Chinese cuisine is one such where the Indian chefs have experimented and churned out a number of delectable dishes. Posting a Paneer, pepper,chilly fry today which is served as a starter before a main course.

Ingredients:

400 gms malai paneer

1 large capsicum/ bell pepper chopped into large cubes.

2 large onions sliced into petals

Salt

Pepper

Cornflour

2 tbsps ginger, garlic, green chilly paste

Oil for frying the paneer

1 tbsp oil for seasoning

1 tbsp soya sauce

1 tbsp tomato ketchup

Method:

Cut the paneer into bite sized pieces. Malai paneer is extremely soft so needs gentle handling. Sprinkle salt, pepper and corn flour and toss gently to avoid breaking. Keep aside for ten minutes to marinate. Meanwhile slice the onion and bell pepper. Heat the oil in a pan. Divide the paneer into three batches and fry them on a gentle flame to a crisp golden brown, taking care to see that it’s turned over only after one side is thoroughly done. This is to prevent the paneer from breaking. Drain on absorbent kitchen towel. Heat one tbsp oil and drop in the chilly, ginger, garlic paste. Saute for a minute and then add the onion and bell pepper. Add salt and a generous amount of pepper. Toss. The bell pepper should retain its crunch, yet be semi cooked. Add the sauces and give a quick stir. Add the paneer pieces, toss well and serve hot.

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Spinach, cheese and corn grilled sandwich.

A healthy, delicious and filling preparation, the spinach, cheese and corn grilled sandwich is a hit with young and old alike. I usually prepare the filling beforehand when I am expecting guests as all it requires is for it to be grilled.

Ingredients:

Brown bread or any Sandwich bread

250 gms or one bunch Palak/ spinach washed and finely chopped( please discard the stems)

250 gms corn kernels par boiled

1 tbsp each of Chilly flakes, mixed herbs and pepper powder

Salt as required

2 tbsps APF/ maida

250 ml or one large glass milk

Mozzarella cheese grated / 3 cubes of processed cheese. I used Amul cheese cubes.

2 tbsps of butter

12 garlic cloves finely chopped

Cheese singles/ slices of cheese

Method:

Heat the butter in a pan. Add the minced garlic and roast to a golden yellow. Drop in the chopped spinach, par boiled corn and saute till the spinach wilts. Add the maida and roast for a couple of minutes. Drop in the salt, chilly flakes, mixed herbs and pepper powder. Toss for a few seconds and then pour in the milk. Bring to a boil and add the cheese. Cook till it comes to a semi solid consistency. Keep aside. Butter the slices of bread only on one side. Place them in the grill or on a tava, buttered side down. Place a cheese single/ slice and two or three tbsps filling over the slice and cover it with another slice of bread, buttered side up. Grill till done. The same goes for those using the tava/ skillet as I did. The bread should be toasted to a crisp. Cut and serve with tomato ketchup or a Thousand Island dressing.

This quantity makes 10 – 12 sandwiches.

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Microwave savoury peanuts.

An extremely easy to make and delicious option which can be served as a starter or with drinks are these microwave savoury peanuts. You can also add them to roasted puffed rice and garnish it with finely chopped onions, coriander leaves and a dash of lime.

Ingredients:

500 gms raw peanuts washed and drained.

2 tbsps Coriander powder

1 tsp Cumin powder

1 tsp Kashmiri chilly powder

1/4 tsp Turmeric powder

1/4 tsp Asafoetida

2sprigs curry leaves finely chopped

2tsps oil of choice

Salt as per taste

3tbsps Besan/ chickpea flour

3 tbsps rava/ semolina/ sooji.

Method:

Sprinkle all the above mentioned powders on the drained peanuts. Add the Besan and Rava and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle a little water while mixing if you find the mixture too dry and the besan and Rava fail to stick to the peanuts. Add the finely chopped curry leaves and oil. Give a final mix and tip the peanuts into a microwave safe tray. Microwave for two and a half minutes. Mix and keep microwaving it for a minute each time till the peanuts are crisp. The whole procedure takes around eight to ten minutes. Allow to cool and bottle.

Note: Take care to see that the peanuts are microwaved for a minute each time and then tossed so that they are turn crisp evenly.

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Breadizza

When one wants to make a quick healthy snack for children the easiest, quickest and an extremely delicious option is making some breadizza. A close cousin of the Pizza, but much easier to prepare.

Ingredients:

All the below mentioned ingredients can be used as per requirement.

Bread slices.
Tomatoes, red, green and yellow Bell pepper and onions sliced
Black olives.
Tomato ketchup, oregano, chilly flakes, pepper and salt.
Grated cheese.

Method:
Butter the slices of bread on both the sides. Heat a griddle. Roast them on one side. Apply ketchup on the roasted side and pile it with the veggies, olives, herbs, salt pepper and cheese. Roast the other side till crisp and then microwave for half a minute for the cheese to melt. Serve with tomato ketchup.

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Garlic bread toast

This is one of the most delicious ways of serving a toasted sandwich . Easy to make and one which children and adults will simply love! You can also serve it as a hors d’oeuvres or as a snack with tea.

Ingredients:

10 slices of bread

5 tbsps of butter

5 cloves of garlic grated

1 tsp chilly flakes

1 tsp mixed herbs

1 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

For the filling:

100 gms sweet corn pressure cooked

5 slices of cheese

Salt, pepper to taste

Method:

Combine the butter, mixed herbs, chilly flakes and grated garlic. Season with salt and mix thoroughly. Apply it on both sides of the slice and toast one side well. Place the toasted side facing upwards and spread the corn mixture. Place a slice of cheese and cover it with another slice with the untoasted side facing upwards. Roast both sides on a gentle to medium flame till the cheese melts and the slice is brown and crisp. The aroma of the garlic getting roasted is irresistible. Remove, cut into triangles and serve with tomato ketchup.

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Honey Chilly Potatoes

The Indianised version of this Chinese preparation is a popular street food all over the country. It has all the sauces added and a generous drizzle of honey which leaves one asking for more! It can be served as a starter or as an accompaniment to Chowmein or Fried rice.

Ingredients:

3 large potatoes de skinned and sliced into batons as for French fries

2 tbsps Maida/ all purpose flour

2 tbsps rice flour or corn flour

Salt

A mixture of 4 tbsps of Maida and 2 tbsps of rice flour, a pinch of salt and water enough to make a thick batter.

Oil for frying

For the sauce:

1 tbsp chilly sauce

1 tbsp soya sauce

4 tbsps tomato ketchup

2 tbsps honey

2 tbsps sugar

Salt

1 tsp corn flour mixed in a quarter cup of water to make a slurry.

For the seasoning:

10 cloves of garlic minced

1 inch piece of ginger minced

3 green chillies slit and cut into thin strips

3 tbsps of thinly sliced capsicum

1 small onion sliced

2 tbsps spring onion greens

2 tbsps oil

For the garnish:

2 tbsps finely chopped spring onion greens

1 heaped tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Method:

Wash the sliced potato two or three times to get rid of the starch. Drain thoroughly. Sprinkle the maida, salt and rice flour and mix well. Keep aside. Heat oil in a pan. Dip the potato wedges into the maida rice flour batter and deep fry on a medium flame til crisp and golden brown. Finish off similarly with all the wedges , drain and keep them aside. Heat a pan and dry roast the sesame seeds till they splutter. Keep aside. Heat the oil well and drop all the wedges into the hot oil and flash fry them to a rich brown on a high flame. Drain and keep aside.

Heat oil in a wok or a broad based pan. Add the minced garlic, ginger and green chillies. Toss till they change colour. Add the sliced onion, capsicum and spring onion greens. Toss them for a few seconds and add all the sauces and tomato ketchup one by one. Add half a cup of water and gently pour in the slurry , continuously stirring the sauce so as to avoid it from forming lumps. Add the salt, sugar and honey. Bring to a boil. Immediately add the fried potato wedges, toasted sesame seeds and spring onion greens. Give it a good stir and serve hot.

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