Breakfast, Everyday Simple Recipes, Tiffin

Mango Cheese Sandwich

Its summer! Here is a quick breakfast sandwich to make the most out of your mango picks. Works well with kids of all ages.

Mango cheese sandwich

IngredientsIngredients:
Ripe mango – 1
Bread slices (regular/whole wheat/multigrain)- 4
Cheese slices – 2
Amul salted butter – 1 tbsp

Method:
Wash, peel, and cut the mango into thin, flat slices. Keep aside.

Method

Place an iron skillet on fire. Maintain fire in medium. Apply some butter on the skillet and place the bread slices. Roast only one side until light brown and crisp. Remove from the skillet and place on a plate. With the buttered crisp side of the bread facing up, place a cheese slice and layer mango slices liberally. Make sure that the mango/cheese touches the crusty side of the bread. Cover with a bread slice with buttered side facing the mango slices. Press the sandwich gently and cut it into two triangles or as desired. You can also leave the sandwich open face. You can add some black pepper for the zing if you don’t mind it crowding the mango experience.

Open face mango cheese sandwich
This must be served immediately. Toast only one side so that the side that you bite into is soft. As you dig more, you meet the crust and the sweet and salty mango cheese combination.

Breakfast, Everyday Simple Recipes, Snacks, Tiffin

Sesame Cheese Toast

A wedding that I attended recently had a good spread of starters and cocktails. Among the more predictable paneer tikka fare, there was an interesting crispy fried bread geneously sprinkled with sesame seeds. Though I like to pretend that I am only into health food and never indulge in greasy snacks, I let my guard down and relished a couple of these crunchy delights.

Here I present my own less sinful version of what I tasted at the wedding. A quick fix breakfast or snack, an easy dish to make.

Ingredients:
Bread (Multigrain/White) – 2 pieces
Butter/Olive oil – 2 tbsp
Dry herbs (Basil/pasta herb mix) – ½ tsp
Cheese (slices or spreadable) – 2 slices/1 tbsp
Sesame seeds – 1 tsp

Method:
sprinkle sesame seeds and herbs

If you are using square shaped bread slices, cut it into smaller rectangular or triangular pieces. This is optional and just for ease of eating. Spread/place the cheese spread/slice on bread (I used Amul’s Garlic Cheese Spread). On this sprinkle sesame seeds, and mixed herbs (I used pasta herb mix. Basil is also a good choice). I did not use any salt as I used garlic cheese spread which had little bit of salt. You could choose to sprinkle salt as per your taste. Brush olive oil on the free side (the side without toppings).

Since I do not have an oven, I toasted this in a pan on low heat. Toast only the free side to make it brown. Serve as snack by itself or with vegetables. You wont realize how many of them you will gobble along with hot tea or coffee.

Instead of cheese, you can spread mashed potatoes. Sesame seeds are rich in calcium. Multigrain bread and olive oil up the health quotient.

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Everyday Simple Recipes, Indian, Snacks

Poha Cutlet

Ingredients:

Poha (beaten rice/aval) – 3 fistfuls
Boiled potato – 1 medium sized
Bread – 1 slice (optional)
Onion – 1 medium sized
Coriander leaves – 4-5 stalks
Curry leaves – 2 stalks
Lemon juice – juice of 1/2 a lime
Green chilies – 2
Asofetida – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Rava – 2 tbsp
Oil – 3 tbsp
Water – 1 cup

Method:

Moisten the poha with water and mash it. If the poha is of thicker variety, you will need to soak it in water for a minute and then drain the water. Mash the boiled potato and bread and mix it with the moistened poha. Chop the onions, coriander leaves, and green chilies finely and add it to this mixture. To this, add the lemon juice, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, asofetida, and salt and mix well. Make small balls out of this mixture and flatten the balls into rounds that are 1-cm thick using the palm of your hand. Place the rava on a plate and coat the cutlets with rava.

Heat the oil in a flat non-stick pan and shallow fry the cutlets.

Place the cutlets on a tissue paper to drain excess oil. This is a very tasty snack and easy to prepare too.

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