Thursday, July 28, 2011

Grilled Chutney Sandwiches

Sandwiches make a perfect meal for any time of the day. Even kids enjoy them as much as grown-ups. Sandwiches are great for picnics, as they are easy to carry.  Variety of sandwiches can be made using different kinds of bread. My Sister-in-law opened the world of sandwiches to me, she makes variety of delicious sandwiches. 

Let's start with Grilled Chutney Sandwich. In India chutney sandwiches are most popular. By adding potato and veggie filling and then grilling them makes it a little different. Recipe calls for sandwich bread but if you don't have one you can certainly use regular bread. With regular bread you will have to work faster as chutney makes the bread soggy too fast.


12 Sandwich Bread slices (makes 6 Sandwiches)
1/2 Cucumber thinely sliced
1/4 Onion thinely sliced
1 large or 2 medium Potatoes boiled and mashed
1/2 cup Green Bell Pepper chopped finely
1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper chopped finely
1/3 cup frozen Corn
few drops of oil
Ketchup as required.
1 tsp chaat masala
Salt as per taste
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese(optional)
Butter for grilling

For Chutney

1/2 Cup packed Mint leaves washed
1 Cup Coriander washed
1 Green chili
1 1/2 tsp Lime juice
Salt as per taste


Mix all ingredients for chutney and blend it in a blender. Use little water if needed to get your blender going. Keep aside.

Boil potatoes and mash them. Heat few drops of oil and then add bell peppers and corn, fry for few minutes until they are little soften but not too much, around 3-4 minutes. Let them cool a bit, then add to mashed potatoes. Also add chaat masala and salt, mix everything together. This is your filling.

To assemble take two slices of bread. Spread chutney on one slice and ketchup on other. Spread 1 spoonful of mixture on chutney side and arrange cucumber and onion slices, sprinkle some cheese and top it with other slice, ketchup side down.  Repeat the same procedure with remaining bread slices.

Apply some butter on both sides and grill them on griddle or frying pan. Cut into half and enjoy your Sandwiches!!

Quick Tips

If chutney is too spicy for kids, you can apply ketchup on both sides and for flavor and color sprinkle some chopped coriander and mint on one of the slice.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Suralichya Vadya(सुरळीच्या वड्या)

This is a typical Maharashtrian dish, which can be served as an appetizer or side dish.


1 cup Chickpea flour(बेसन)
1 and 3/4 cup sour buttermilk(आंबट ताक)
1 cup water
1 tsp lime juice(needed only if buttermilk is not sour)
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp turmeric powder(हळद)

For tempering(फोडणी)

2 tbsp canola oil
2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder

For garnishing

Shredded coconut
Chopped coriander leaves


First you will need 3 big steel plates or any flat surface to spread the below mixture, so keep them ready.

In a medium pot mix together all the ingredients except for tempering and garnishing. This mixture should be smooth. For best result mix it with a whisk so that there are no lumps. Now put this pot on medium to medium high heat. Start whisking again so that no lumps are formed. Keep doing this until the mixture turns glossy, will take approximately 10 to 12 min. Once it is done lower the heat.

Take 1 big spoon full of mixture and spread evenly on inside of plate, turn the plate upside down and spread the mixture on the other side. Keep doing this until you have used all the mixture on remaining plates, and then turn off the gas.

Sprinkle shredded coconut and coriander on each plate. Cut 2 inches of stripes vertically and then roll them. Now flip the plates over and repeat the above step. Arrange all vadya on a platter.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, when they crackle add turmeric powder. Spread this tempering all over the platter and garnish it with shredded coconut and coriander.


Quick tips

Use wooden or rubber spatula to spread the mixture on plates. It helps to spread it evenly without forming any lumps.
Buttermilk that you get here in US is not sour and is too thick. So it's better to make it at home using sour yogurt and water, whisk both together. And if your yogurt is not sour, you can leave 1/2 cup of yogurt at room temperature overnight and then use it to make buttermilk.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Stuffed Jalapenos.(भरलेली मिरची)

I love all kinds of Peppers, they are so colorful and flavorful. Jalapeno is one spicy pepper. This recipe is great to spice things up on your dinner table. I learned this recipe from my mom who is a great cook.


3 Jalapeno peppers
2 tbsp Chickpea flour(बेसन)
1 1/2 tsp fine Peanut powder(दाण्याचे कुट)
1/4 tsp Chili powder
salt as per taste
one small pinch dry mango powder (आमचूर)
1 tbsp canola oil plus few drops.
1 tsp mustard seeds


Slice the jalapenos in the middle but don't cut throught it. You can scrape the seeds off if you don't want the heat from the jalapeno. 

Heat a pan on medium heat and add few drops of oil. Add chickpea flour and saute until you get a nice aroma. Turn off the gas. Put all the above ingredients except oil and mustard seeds in the flour and mix well.

Stuff each jalapenos with this mixture.

Put the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a pan ,let it heat and then add mustard seeds. As the seeds crackle add stuffed jalapenos, saute and let it cook with lid on for 10-15 minutes stirring in between. You will know it's done when peppers soften a bit and gets charred.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tiramisu - Italian dessert

Lets start off with something sweet.

Tiramisu is an Italian cake dipped in coffee and layered with whipped cream and mascarpone cheese. I fell in love with this Italian dessert when I first had it at California Pizza Kitchen (which is a chain restaurant). Traditionally this cake is made with mascarpone cheese but I started looking for it's substitute as the store didn't have mascarpone on shelf that day. A mixture of cream cheese and sour cream was used to replace mascarpone and it turned out so well I have been using it since. Eggs are also omitted from the traditional recipe


1  package lady fingers
8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tbsp whipping cream or heavy cream
1 cup whipping cream or heavy cream (to make whipped cream)
4 tbsp confectioners or powdered sugar
1 cup freshly brewed coffee
Cocoa powder for dusting
Semi-Sweet Chocolate shaved or grated


Whisk cream cheese,sour cream and 2 tbsp whipping cream with electric mixer until fluffy. (This is substitute for Mascarpone cheese)

Whisk heavy cream until it becomes slightly thick and then add confectioners/powdered sugar and whip it again until soft peaks forms.(This is your whipped cream). Leave 1/2 cup whipped cream aside and fold the remaining into the cream cheese  mixture.

Now dip the lady fingers one by one in coffee and line them in a 9x13 baking dish. Pour the above mixture and spread evenly on top of the lady fingers. Repeat same layers again ending with  whipped cream on top. Dust cocoa powder on the top and sprinkle with shaved chocolate. Cover the dish with plastic wrap. Refrigerate Tiramisu overnight and enjoy.

Quick Tips-:

1. For shaved chocolate use a vegetable peeler and you will get perfect shavings.
2. You don't have to buy confectioners sugar. If you have time you can put some granulated sugar in a blender and blend it until it is smooth in texture.