Monday, May 17, 2021

Cheese Chili Toast

Perfect for brunch these Cheese Chili Toasts have layers of cilantro chutney, cheese, peppers and a special blend called sandwich masala. 

They are crisped in the oven and served with some ketchup on the side.


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Summers are almost here and we are getting ready for recipes that are perfect for a picnic or something that comes together wonderfully for a barbecue evening.

One of the best things fo summer are definitely sandwiches. They are super customizable, easy to make and delicious. 

What is Chili Cheese Toast?

An easy to make snack or appetizer, this toast recipe has all the delicious ingredients like melty cheese, chili and chutney. 

These are inspired from the street side vendors of Mumbai that serve delicious cheese chili toasts made using white sandwich bread. 

Instead of the bread slices a used a whole loaf of buns. That way it is easy to make 12 sandwiches at once, can be baked in the oven and is great to serve the family at once! 

What you need to make these


Buns: I used Brioche buns for this recipe. They are soft yet sturdy to hold the filling, crisp up really well and are great for all kinds of sandwiches. 

Using whole wheat or white buns is a great idea too. Or even sourdough buns if you can find them. 

I was making a big batch and used the entire stack of 12 buns at once. The same recipe can be made using any number of buns. 

Peppers: I used all the three colored peppers for the recipe. Using only one kind of peppers will work too.

Using sweet peppers will result in a sweet-ish sandwich. Use bell peppers for this recipe instead. 

Onions: Adding a lot of crunch to the recipe, I like to add onions. They can be skipped or substituted for leeks or green onions too.

Chutney: An essential ingredient of the recipe is the cilantro chutney. A mix of cilantro, green chili, ginger and spices; this chutney works as the sauce in the recipe.

It adds so much flavor and taste plus a hint of spice. The chutney can be made at home using this recipe or can be bought from the Indian store or online. 

Sandwich Masala: A special blend available for sandwiches, this masala is almost like a must-have for the recipe. 

It adds a lot of flavor and taste to the recipe. If you can totally not find this, add some roasted cumin powder to the recipe. 

Butter: An essential ingredient of any Mumbai sandwich, salted butter is the preferred one. I have used it to top the bread and inside. 

Garlic: In this recipe I added some minced garlic to the butter for flavor. Adding some dried herbs is an option too.  

 

Frequently asked questions

Can bread slices be used for this recipe?

Yes definitely. The sliced bread sandwiches can be made in the oven or in the sandwich maker. 

If using bread, try and get rustic white or sourdough bread. They toast up really well. 

Should green chili be added to the recipe?

If you like your sandwich super spicy, add some minced or diced green chili to it. It will definitely result in a delicious yet hot version. 

I used cilantro chutney that was quite spicy. As a result I left out more chili from the recipe. 

What cheese works best for the recipe?

Any cheese slice or shred that melts well is perfect. Here I have used a mix of shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese. 

They melt wonderfully and give the sandwich a great taste too. 

Tips and Notes

  • The recipe works well for any kind of buns or bread slices. Pick something like brioche, sourdough or white to crisp up well.
  • The seasoned butter adds a lot of taste and would be a great add to the recipe. Try not to skimp on that. 

  • Use slices or shredded cheese that would melt well. A mix of mozzarella and cheddar works well. 

  • Add minced or sliced green chili for extra spice in the recipe. 

Step by Step Instructions

1- Preheat oven to 375 F. Melt the butter and mix in minced garlic and 1 tsp sandwich masala. 

2- Slice the buns from the middle. Place the bottoms on a baking tray.

3- Spread half the seasoned butter. 

4- Spread the chutney to cover the buns well.

5- Place an even layer of onions and peppers. Sprinkle the sandwich masala all over. 

6- Top with the cheese blend. 

7- Place in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove once the cheese melts. 

8- Place the bun tops and brush the remaining seasoned butter. 

9- Bake for another 5 minutes and serve. 


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Author: Smruti
Cheese Chili Toast

Cheese Chili Toast

Perfect for brunch these Cheese Chili Toasts have layers of cilantro chutney, cheese, peppers and a special blend called sandwich masala. They are crisped in the oven and served with some ketchup on the side.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 25 Min

Ingredients

  • Brioche Buns 12
  • Cilantro Chutney 1/2 cup
  • Diced Onions 1/4 cup
  • Diced colored peppers 1/2 cup
  • Sandwich masala 3 tsp
  • Shredded Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese 1/2 cup
  • Garlic 3-4 cloves, minced
  • Butter 4 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Melt the butter and mix in minced garlic and 1 tsp sandwich masala.
  2. Slice the buns from the middle. Place the bottoms on a baking tray.
  3. Spread half the seasoned butter.
  4. Spread the chutney to cover the buns well.
  5. Place an even layer of onions and peppers. Sprinkle the sandwich masala all over.
  6. Top with the cheese blend.
  7. Place in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove once the cheese melts.
  8. Place the bun tops and brush the remaining seasoned butter.
  9. Bake for another 5 minutes and serve.

Notes:

  • The recipe works well for any kind of buns or bread slices. Pick something like brioche, sourdough or white to crisp up well.
  • The seasoned butter adds a lot of taste and would be a great add to the recipe. Try not to skimp on that. 
  • Use slices or shredded cheese that would melt well. A mix of mozzarella and cheddar works well. 
  • Add minced or sliced green chili for extra spice in the recipe. 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Dabeli Bruschetta

A delicious take on Dabeli; this Bruschetta recipe uses spiced potato and an array of toppings on toasted sourdough bread. It is perfect as an appetizer or to serve at a party!


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Indian street foods are delicious and always a treat. Whether it is chaat, dabeli, sandwiches or vada pav; these street eats taste best from the vendors compared to restaurants!

I love making different versions of street foods and serving them in a different way. This recipe is inspired from Dabeli or Double Roti; an amazing snack or appetizer. 

What is Dabeli?

Dabeli is an Indian snack made by stuffing seasoned potatoes with chutney, onions, peanuts and pomegranate in buttered bread and toasting it to a golden brown color. 

A popular street food, Dabeli is mostly found in Gujarat and Maharashtra. A lot of street food vendors in Mumbai are specialists in making this and serve out hundreds of dabeli in a day! 

Inspired from this, I decided to make an open version in the form of a bruschetta. Call it open dabeli or Dabeli toast; it is delicious and easy to make. 

What you need to make this Dabeli Bruschetta?

  • Bread: The starting point of this recipe is the bread. Given that the bread is toasted or baked, I like to use sourdough or rustic white bread. They hold up well and crisp up on toasting.
  • Potato Mixture: Made using boiled and mashed potatoes with a special spice mix called Dabeli masala; this potato mixture is typical for dabeli and this recipe. It has a sweet, salty and sour taste. I used store bought masala for this but the same can be made at home too. 

  • Chutney: The recipe uses a sweet tamarind and dates chutney, a spicy garlic chutney and a spicy cilantro chutney. These can be store bought or made at home. To make them at home, try these recipes.

  • Toppings: For this toast recipe I have used peanuts, sev, chopped onions, pomegranate and tutti-frutti. 

Frequently asked questions

Can these be made in advance?

The chutney and the potato mixture can be made in advance. It is best to assemble and bake the bruschetta immediately before serving. 

If you are making it for a party, assemble everything and keep it ready. Bake the breads just ahead of serving.

Can whole wheat bread be used for this?

Definitely. Though I like that rustic white and sourdough toasts well and becomes crisp. I would recommend using them but whole wheat works too.


How to get it right each time

  • Use sourdough or rustic white bread for the recipe. It holds up really well.

  • Tutti-frutti or pomegranate can be skipped if you are unable to find it. They add a lot of sweet taste to the recipe and a pop of color. 

  • The recipe makes 12 medium sized breads. If the size of bread you are using is different, the number will change. 

  • The amount of potato topping depends on how much you like it. Add a LOT if you like or stick to just a couple of spoons.

Steps

1- In a mortar pestle add chopped garlic, red chili powder and salt.

2- Mix and press everything well so the garlic is mashed completely and is mixed with red chili powder and salt. 


3-Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. Once they pop add the dabeli masala. 

4- Add boiled and mashed potato to the pan.


5- Mix well and ensure the potato gets coated with the masala. Turn down the gas and set aside.

6- Place in a preheated oven at 375 F for 10 minutes. Remove once the bread is crisp.

7- On the bread slices add a tsp of spicy chili cilantro chutney, garlic chutney and sweet tamarind dates chutney.


8- Spread the chutney so that the bread is covered with it.

9- Add 3-4 tbsp of potato mixture on each breads and spread it well. 


10- Top with sev, chopped onions, masala peanuts, pomegranate, tutti-frutti and chopped cilantro. 



Yield:
12 slices
Author: Smruti
Dabeli Bruschetta

Dabeli Bruschetta

A delicious take on Dabeli; this Bruschetta recipe uses spiced potato and an array of toppings on toasted sourdough bread. It is perfect as an appetizer or to serve at a party!
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 30 Min

Ingredients

For the toppings

Instructions

  1. In a mortar pestle add chopped garlic, red chili powder and salt.
  2. Mix and press everything well so the garlic is mashed completely and is mixed with red chili powder and salt.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. Once they pop add the dabeli masala.
  4. Add boiled and mashed potato to the pan.
  5. Mix well and ensure the potato gets coated with the masala. Turn down the gas and set aside.
  6. Place in a preheated oven at 375 F for 10 minutes. Remove once the bread is crisp.
  7. On the toasted bread slices add a tsp of spicy chili cilantro chutney, garlic chutney and sweet tamarind dates chutney.
  8. Spread the chutney so that the bread is covered with it.
  9. Add 3-4 tbsp of potato mixture on each breads and spread it well.
  10. Top with sev, chopped onions, masala peanuts, pomegranate, tutti-frutti and chopped cilantro.

Notes:

  • Use sourdough or rustic white bread for the recipe. It holds up really well.
  • Tutti-frutti or pomegranate can be skipped if you are unable to find it. They add a lot of sweet taste to the recipe and a pop of color. 
  • The recipe makes 12 medium sized breads. If the size of bread you are using is different, the number will change. 
  • The amount of potato topping depends on how much you like it. Add a LOT if you like or stick to just a couple of spoons.


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