Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cheesy Corn and Paneer Toast

You will surely fall in love with corn and paneer toast, crispy bread and cheesy topping makes these toasts delicious. Combination of paneer and corn in white sauce plus cheese and some green chili's for heat is just out of this world. Fresh corn has a natural sweetness and it goes so well with paneer. 

For homemade paneer recipe, click here. 

Corn Kernels from one corn
1/2 cup cubed paneer
1/3 cup chopped onion
3 green chili's chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
White Sauce(recipe follows)
5 bread slices
1 tsp butter
1 tbs chopped cilantro
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper as required
1/2 tsp of butter

White Sauce
1 tbs butter
1/2 tbs Maida/All Purpose Flour
1/3 cup whole milk
Salt and pepper as required

First let's start with white sauce. In a non-stick pan melt the butter, add maida or all purpose flour to it. Stir and let it becoming frothy and bubbly on medium flame. Add milk and keep stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Once lightly boiled shut off the gas. Add salt and pepper, stir. This is your white sauce. Let this sauce cool completely.

Now let's move on to our corn and paneer topping. First cook the corn in pressure cooker(2 whistles) and shut off the gas. Don't overcook the corn kernels, we still wan't them crunchy. This is how I cooked corn but you can use any method, steaming, cooking it in microwave. Cooking corn in pressure cooker was quicker so I chose this method. Drain the cooked corn kernels in a strainer to drain away any liquid. In a pan melt some butter and saute onions until translucent, remove from pan. Now add cooked corn kernels and saute for few seconds. Let sauteed corn and onions cool a bit.
Next add them to the prepared white sauce along with chopped cilantro, green chili's , red pepper flakes and last but not the least cheese and mix. Adjust the seasoning. Topping is ready to go on toast.
Preheat the oven to 375 F
Now to make these cheesy toast let's start by toasting the bread slices on a heated griddle. Toast the bread from one side, remove it and keep it on a cooling rack. Repeat the same procedure to all the bread slices. Once cooled arrange them on a cookie sheet and evenly distribute and spread the above prepared topping on all the slices. Bake them in the preheated oven until light golden brown color approximately 12-13 minutes. Keep them on cooling rack. Cut them in triangles and serve. Kids will love them if you omit the green chili's from their topping.