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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Indian, Side Dishes

Tawa Paneer Tikka

Spongy, juicy chunks of paneer soaked in spicy masala and curd and shallow fried! Great as a starter and as an accompaniment with rotis.

Ingredients:

For making shallow fried paneer:

  • Paneer cut into 2 cm cubes – 250 gm
  • Sour curds* – 100 gm
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp
  • Garam masala – ½ tsp
  • Black pepper crushed– 1 tsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste

For making stir fried vegetables:

  • Garlic finely chopped – 1 pod
  • Split green chilies – 2
  • Diced onion– 2
  • Diced tomato – 2
  • Diced Capsicum – 2

* In case any of these ingredients are unavailable, check the alternate ingredients section for other options.

Alternatives:
If curd is not available, lemon juice can be used.

Resting Time (for the marinate): 30 mins.
Cooking Time: 15 min.

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Method:
Mix all the ingredients mentioned in the For making shallow fried Paneer section. Keep this mixture aside for half an hour. The marinate should coat the paneer cubes well.

Pour 2 tbsp oil on to a pan. Empty the marinated mixture into this pan. Let this cook in medium heat. Constant stirring is not required. Let this cook until the sides of the paneer are brown and crisp. Remove paneer from the pan and keep aside.

Pour 1 tbsp oil on the pan and empty the finely chopped garlic and split green chillies. When these are done, add diced onion, tomato, and capsicum. Shallow fry these until half cooked. Do not overcook.

Add the shallow fried paneer to the cooked veggies. Mix well and turn off the fire.

List of accompaniments:
Rotis

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Health Benefits/Alerts:
Paneer is rich in protein. Oil usage is minimal in this method making it a healthier option.

Trivia:
This can be cooked in a tandoor or oven. Since I do not have either of these, I invented this unique way of making paneer tikka. It’s yummy with rotis. Tastes great as a sandwich filling too.

Skill Level:
Low