Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tomato Carrot Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is a perfect kid friendly meal. Kids love this combination of tomato carrot soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Soup is simple and delicious. Grilled cheese sandwich is an all time favorite in kids. Just by pairing it up with nice tomato and carrot soup they will have a nice and filling meal. Grilled cheese sandwich is also good when your kid needs a quick snack. I have used American cheese slices as it is mild in flavor and kids can easily adapt to its taste. But if you want to try different kind it is perfectly all right.

Ingredients(serves 2)
(For Soup)
3 Fresh Tomatoes quartered
2 Carrots washed, peeled and diced
Salt as per taste
Sugar 1 tsp
Pepper as per taste
(For Grilled Cheese Sandwich) Makes 2 sandwiches
4 slices of bread
2 slices of American cheese slices
Butter as required for grilling

Cook tomatoes and carrots in a pressure cooker along with water. After 3-4 whistles shut off the gas. Let the pressure drop and let tomatoes and carrots cool a bit. Reserve water and remove skins from tomatoes and blend them along with carrots to make a fine puree. Sieve the puree through a mesh strainer leaving all the seeds and tomato skins (if any) behind. Add the reserved water to make the desired consistency for soup. Heat the soup on medium heat and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Add salt and sugar and pepper. Shut off the gas and soup is ready.
For Sandwiches,  spread butter on all 4 slices of bread on one side. Take a cheese slice and place it on Unbuttered slice of bread. Now place the second Unbuttered slice on top of cheese. Preheat the griddle and place sandwich on it. Let it brown a little and flip the sandwich and immediately flip ligtly browned side of bread on top of cheese and lightly butter the non grilled side of bread. Now flip the sandwich, buttered slice down and let it brown evenly. Use the same procedure for other side. I know it sounds little bit complicated but grilling both the sides of bread makes this sandwich extra special. Repeat the same procedure with remaining 2 slices of bread to make another sandwich and serve it with soup.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Vegetable Mayo Sandwich

This sandwich is simple and delicious. I would love to share a story about this sandwich :). Couple of weeks ago we were on Vacation in Blue Ridge Mountains. On our way to a hike we stopped at this old Country store to pack us some sandwiches for lunch. We asked the old lady in that store if they have any Vegetarian Sandwich on menu, they didn't had any. But that sweet old lady made this customized sandwich for us which I re-created when we came back home from our Vacation. The sandwich was made with simple ingredients as mayo, cucumbers, onions etc but it was so delicious and Celery added a nice crunch to the Sandwich.

Ingredients(Make 5 sandwiches)
10 Bread Slices wheat or white(lightly toasted)
2 Medium tomatoes sliced
1 Cucumber sliced
2 Stalks from Celery (washed, peeled and cut into 3 inch sticks)
1 Red Onion sliced
5 Cheese slices
Iceberg Lettuce Leaves
Mayonnaise as required
Salt and pepper as required

Spread mayonnaise on all the slices of bread. Take on a slice of bread and keep lettuce on it followed by cucumber, tomato, onion and last but not the least celery. Add salt and pepper and cheese slice and top it with another slice of bread.
Cut in half and enjoy. Apply same procedure for the remaining slices of bread. Simple and delicious Vegetable Mayo Sandwich is ready!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

दाण्याची चटणी /Spicy Peanut Chutney

Another recipe for dry chutney. This spicy peanut chutney can add a nice kick to your everyday meal. Make it even more special by adding तुप/ghee, oil or plain yogurt on it while enjoying your meal of पिठलं भाकरी  or as simple as आमटी भात/Dal Chawal. I sill love this chutney as much as I use to love it in my childhood.

1 Cup roasted peanuts
1 1/2  tsp chili powder(or according to your taste)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp cumin seeds
Pinch of amchur powder                                  
1 tsp oil                                  
Salt as per taste                             
Method can't get any easier than this. Just grind all the ingredients together in blender and your chutney is ready. Don't grind it too fine keep it little bit coarse, it should have a little bite to it.