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Friday, September 26, 2014

Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches

I usually pack these in Lil’M’s lunch box as these are her favourite…..I have already mentioned bread is something which she loves a lot and I look out for recipes which include bread. These days more healthy bread options are easily available in market….and I make it a point to pick up whole wheat bread or rye bread from store whenever possible…as a loaf in fridge is always handy when kiddo troubles me in deciding her lunch box or when I am in doubt what to pack in for her.
Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches
Sometimes I pack two sandwiches along with a fruit or handful of dry fruits in her lunch box and whenever I do so…..the box has come empty always and I am happy….so today’s recipe is one such recipe which I make on regular basis for my darling daughter. 
Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches
So this will be my second and last recipe which I am contributing to Kids Lunch Box Recipes Book Event by Indusladies.
Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 Chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • ½ tbsp. Black pepper powder
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ½ cup sliced Onions
  • 2 tbsp. minced Coriander leaves
  • ½ tbsp. chopped Ginger-Garlic
  • ¼ tbsp. Garam Masala
  • ¼ cup diced green Capsicum
  • Salt
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. Tomato sauce
  • Oil
  • 3 tbsp. melted Butter
  • 4 whole Wheat bread slices
Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches
PREPARATION:
  • Marinade chicken pieces with ginger-garlic paste, garam masala, black pepper powder and salt for 15 minutes.
  • In a sauce pan on a medium flame add oil and when it heats up add bay leaf. Fry sliced onions along with black peppercorns.
  • When the onions start to turn translucent, add marinated chicken pieces. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Now add green diced capsicum.
  • Add ¼ cup of water or chicken stock and cook till chicken pieces are soft. Now add minced coriander leaves and turn off the flame. Leave to cool. Remove bay leaf and shred the chicken pieces.
  • Meanwhile mix in mayonnaise and tomato sauce. Set aside.
  • Add cooked chicken pieces to the above made mayonnaise and tomato sauce. Mix well and gently spread across this mixture over top of a bread slices.
  • Cover with another bread slice and brush butter on outside of the bread slices and grill till done.
  • Serve hot or if you are packing them in lunch box or snack box or picnics, wrap them in foil.
  • Add love to make these sandwiches taste ‘Yummy’.
Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches
NOTE:
You can use lettuce leaves too in the recipe, but they turn soggy if you are packing them for box. 
Grilled Chicken-Mayo Sandwiches
Off to Dushera Holiday's.....For the first time after school I am very much excited about holidays.....Stay tuned for some holiday special recipes....f

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwiches

Today is a day to remember….Today is the day when Lil’M has appeared for her first exam at school….On the way back after dropping her at school…I was thinking how fast the time has flown….It was just like yesterday she came into my arms…and now she is at school writing her first exam….A new phase of her life and mine too…which Lil’M is thoroughly enjoying and I am still wondering….
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
Lil’M carries her lunch box and thinking something new to make her complete her lunch box and get that star on her hand (teacher will draw a star on hand to a student who completely finishes his/her lunch box) is a tedious job. When a lunch box is packed with roti or bread then it is always empty as these are Lil’M’s favourite foods.
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
But thinking of something new with these two is not an easy task every time. So I keep on playing with ingredients to make something new and interesting for Lil’M’s lunch box. In this quest I made these sandwiches. Sweetcorn when stuffed in bread and grilled….Lil’M has it without any fuss….so my job is easy.
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
When Indusladies has mailed me to contribute to their Kids Lunch Box Recipes Book Event…I thought of these sandwiches…as these fit perfectly in the theme and my Lil’M loves these and a secret….these cheesy, crispy and yum sandwiches are my favourite too.
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich

This is one such sandwich recipe which you can make in breakfast or lunch box and even in for snack box or for snack time……
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 Whole wheat bread slices
  • 2 tbsp. melted Butter
  • 3 tbsp. Sweetcorn kernels
  • 1 tbsp. diced green Capsicum
  • 1 tbsp. diced Tomato
  • ½ tbsp. crushed Black pepper
  • ¼ tbsp. Oregano
  • 2 tbsp. grated Mozzarella
  • Salt
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
PREPARATION:
  • In a bowl mix sweetcorn kernels, diced green capsicum, diced tomato, crushed black pepper, oregano and salt. Gently toss the mixture.
  • Brush butter on one side of the two bread slices and on the non-buttered side spread the above made mixture evenly.
  • Top with grated mozzarella and then top it with other two bread slices and brush with butter.
  • Heat sandwich maker as per instructions given in the manual, using grill plates. Now place the sandwiches on the grill plates and grill for 4-5 minutes or till crisp and brown (as shown in the pic).
  • Serve hot by cutting them diagonally with tomato sauce.
  • Add love to make these sandwiches taste ‘Yummy’.
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
NOTE:
  • Time to grill sandwich may vary depending on the brand and watts of sandwich maker.
  • I used frozen sweetcorn kernels. So I just thawed them in microwave for 2 minutes before using. If you are using fresh ones then cook till soft.
  • You can also use cheese cubes instead of mozzarella. 
Cheesy Sweetcorn Grilled Sandwich
That's my darling Lil'M with her favorite sandwich.....Stay tuned for many more interesting kid friendly recipes....Till then enjoy making these for your loved ones...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rajita’s Aloo Chana Chaat

Wondering who Rajitha is….??? Rajitha is my friendly neighbour when I landed in Chennai and now a very good friend….We stay in the same apartment but on different floor’s….Most of the afternoons we sit together and chit chat while the kids play together…. Last evening when I was reading Sudha Murthy’s Dollar Bahu and thinking what to make in for snack time….and somewhere down the corner of my heart silently wishing it would be great, if someone could make some chatpata chat for me….

Continuous ring on mobile bought me back from the dream world…I picked it and said bolo Rajitha…she enquired what I was doing??? I said reading a book….Then she said come down…I am making something for snack time….I think you will love it….then she added bring on your camera too ….Since the day she came to know that I am a food blogger…she never missed to check an update on my blog and when in leisure she always checks my blog posts and appreciates the work…..

Soon…I went to her home hanging my camera around my neck…and wondering what she is going to make….Upon asking she said….I am going to make an easy Aloo-Chana Chaat…Wow…what a day….I told her I was just wishing someone could make a hot chaat for me and you are their making it for me….This must be my moment…where my wish has been granted in just few minutes…..Being mom of a pre-schooler girl and naughty toddler boy…..Rajitha is always busy…..Most of the time she looks out for healthy and easy recipes to meet her family needs…..Snack time is most loved time of the day at her home too. To make this snack time more interesting she looks out for recipes which are kid friendly, easy and healthy. In the same process she landed making this recipe since the day she came to know her kids love chana a lot….So here is a chaat recipe which is simple in making and yum in indulging……moreover kid friendly too….
Rajita’s Aloo Chana Chaat
INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 cups Chana/Chickpeas,
  • washed and soaked in water for 8-9 hours or overnight
  • 2-3 medium sized Potatoes, peeled and boiled until soft
  • 2 Tomatoes, pureed
  • 1 Onion, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp. Red chili powder
  • ¾ tbsp. Coriander powder
  • 1½ tbsp. Chat Masala
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • 3-4 tbsp. fresh minced Coriander leaves
  • 2-3 Lemon wedges
PREPARATION:
  • Discard the water in which chickpeas are soaking. Add chickpeas and enough fresh water to pressure cooker. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles or until soft not mushy.
Rajita’s Aloo Chana Chaat

  • Once chickpeas are soft, drain excess water from chickpeas using colander. Take ¼ of the quantity of chickpeas and grind to smooth paste.
  • Now take boiled potatoes and mash them using potato masher or hand. Set aside.
Rajita’s Aloo Chana Chaat
  • Now add oil to heavy bottom cooking vessel and when it heats up add tomato puree. Fry till raw smell disappears.
Rajita’s Aloo Chana Chaat
  • In this add mashed potato and give the mixture a good stir. 
Rajita’s Aloo Chana Chaat
  • Now add boiled chickpeas and mix well.
Rajita’s Aloo Chana Chaat
  • Add water and add fine ground paste of chickpeas, this will give the chaat very good taste. 
Rajita’s Aloo Chana Chaat
  • Now add salt, red chili powder, coriander powder and chat masala.
Rajita’s Aloo Chana Chaat
  • Cook covered for 2-3 minutes. Add fresh minced coriander leaves and serve hot garnishing with sliced onions and lemon wedges.
Rajita’s Aloo Chana Chaat
  • You can also garnish with fine sev and pomegranate seeds.
  • Add love to make this chaat taste 'Yummy'.
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