Sunday, 14 July 2019

Cheese Masala Toast Sandwich -- Sindhi Style

Cheese Masala Toast Sandwich -- Sindhi Style


The first time I savoured a Sindhi Aloo Cheese Sandwich toast was almost two decades ago at a neighbors place at tea time. When I asked her for the recipe she quickly responded and ever since that time this Sindhi Style Aloo Cheese Toast is a regular on the Irani Saturday night TV dinner. It is always accompanied by a bowl of soup or vegetable salad.



The secret ingredient here is butter and cheese, the more you add the tastier it gets. However, I try to add it sparingly just to lessen the calories and savour it with chutney or ketchup.



To make 4 Whole Sandwiches- 8 Quarters

Ingredients

4 boiled potatoes
1 chopped onion
1 chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped cabbage
2 green chilies
2 sliced cheese/ or cubes
Few Corriander leaves
1 tsp Chaat Masala
Juice from 1/2 lime
Salt to taste
Butter as required
8 slices of brown bread

Method

1. Finely chop the onion, tomato, cabbage, green chilies and coriander leaves.

2. Boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker for 2 to 3 whistles. Let it come to room temperature, then peel the potatoes and mash the potatoes to clear all lumps.

3. Now mix in the chopped vegetables, chilies, coriander leaves and combine it well like a dough.



4. To this add salt, dry spice, lime juice, and cheese. Mix all the ingredients except the butter.

5. Spread butter on each slice then apply the mixture on 1 slice and cover it with the other slice.

6. Do the same process for the other slices to create sandwiches.

7. Take a non-stick sandwich toaster,  put a little butter and toast on both sides on a low flame until crisp. You can do the same process in an electric toaster.

8. Serve this Cheese Masala Toast Sandwich hot with tomato ketchup or chutney and a light salad on the side.



Note

You can avoid cheese if you wish.
To the potato batter one can add chopped capsicum too.
Use while bread instead of brown bread and see how more tastier it gets.



Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Sindhi Style Cluster Beans / Gavar ki Sabzi

Gavar is called Cluster Beans. Its a flattish type of bean but its origin is unknown. It is also known as Gavar, guwar, or guvar beanIt is rich in vitamin and is flavourful. It is the favourite vegetable of my husband, it brings a smile to his face when he knows Gavar ki sabzi is cooked.  I especially love the way the Sindhis make it Guaar ki sabzi as they call it. They totally avoid the use of onions in the dish, add a lavish bit of cooking oil.

Sindhi Style Cluster Beans / Gavar ki Sabzi




This is simply prepared with basic spice powders, ginger garlic, and amchur powder. If amchur powder is not available at home you can substitute it with tamarind, Anar dana or even tomatoes.  It is usually served with wheat rotis with a dollop of ghee /  jowar or bajre ki roti.

Note down the easy Cluster Beans recipe that can be cooked in a pressure Cooker.






Ingredients

250 gms Cluster beans / Guaar
2 potatoes
1/2 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
2 Green chilies
1/2 tsp Red chili powder – 3/4 tsp
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
A pinch of Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
1 tsp Dry mango powder ( or bandana or 2 tomatoes)
1 tsp Cooking oil
Half cup chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste



Method

1. Wash and clean the cluster beans and chop them into small pieces.
2. Peel the potatoes and chop them into cubes.
3. Take a heavy bottom pan, add the oil and let it heat on medium flame.
4. First, add the ginger garlic paste to the oil.
5. Then add the chopped green chilies and give it a good stir till you get a good aroma of the ginger-garlic being cooked
6. Now add the dry spices - chili powder,  turmeric,  garam masala, and coriander powder.
7. At this step add chopped potatoes and cook for two more minutes.
8. Now add the chopped cluster beans now and mix well. Add half a cup of water to this.
9. Now add the amchur powder and coriander leaves.
10. Shut the pressure cooker lid and cook it for one/ whistles.
10. Release the pressure from the cooker, further add 1/2 tsp of amchur and mix well.
11. Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve it with phulka or roti.




Note

Just press a potato piece to see if it's cooked through.
You can keep it a semi-dry dish or dry out the water completely.
Tamarind is another option to make the dish tangy.


Cheese Masala Toast Sandwich -- Sindhi Style

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