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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'.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Chicken Sukka

Bored of eating same old chicken recipe…then here is something to entice your taste buds….This recipe has got its flavour, taste and aroma from dry coconut powder and spices. I learnt this recipe from my mother…who intend learnt it from her MIL…My mother always says my paternal grandmom was a great cook….Wish I could learn some delicacies from her…I only remember little bit of her desserts and savouries which she use to make and get for me and my sis when we were small. My mom said she use to make this ‘sukka’ with lamb meat…and my mom always make it with lamb meat…
Chicken Sukka
But over the period of time…when I started cooking in my own kitchen…I tried it out with chicken….mostly due to unavailability of halal lamb meat near my place…I loved at the first bite….and from the time on I equally made it with chicken and lamb meat. Now while typing this recipe I really wonder…why it took me so long to post it on blog….?? Anyways better late than never….
Chicken Sukka
INGREDIENTS:
  • ½ kg. Chicken on the bone, cut into medium sized pieces
  • ½ tbsp. Red chili powder
  • ½ tbsp. Turmeric powder
  • 1½ tbsp. Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 2-3 tbsp. fresh minced Coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil
Chicken Sukka
TO GRIND:
  • ½ medium sized dry Coconut, finely sliced
  • 1 medium sized Onion, sliced
  • ½ tbsp. Coriander powder
  • ¼ tbsp. Cumin powder
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 1’inch stick Cinnamon
  • ¼ tbsp. Black peppercorns
Chicken Sukka
PREPARATION:
  • Marinade the chicken pieces with ½ tbsp. of ginger-garlic paste, pinch of turmeric and salt for ½ hour.
  • In a heavy bottom cooking vessel, add oil and when it heats up add marinated chicken pieces 2-3 at a time (depending on the size of the pan/skillet) and fry till brown spots start to appear on the chicken pieces.
  • Repeat the process until all the chicken pieces are fried. When the chicken pieces are getting fried, grind the masala.
  • First add dry coconut slices and grind to smooth powder. Now add sliced onions, coriander powder, cumin powder, cloves, cinnamon stick and peppercorns.
  • Grind to smooth paste by adding little (2-3 tbsp.) water if required. Now in the same pan add tbsp. of oil if required and transfer the ground masala. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and remaining ginger-garlic paste.
  • Fry on low flame by stirring occasionally until oil starts to leave from sides of the pan. Now add fried chicken pieces and gently using a spoon coat the pieces with the masala.
  • Cook for another 2 minutes and add ½ cup of water. Cook on low by covering with a lid for another 15-20 minutes or until pieces are completed cooked.
  • Once the chicken is done, on high flame gently roast the chicken pieces to dry. Add minced coriander leaves and turn of the flame.
  • Add love to make this recipe taste 'Yummy'.
  • I love relishing this with scrumptious jeera rice or raw mango rice. You can eve serve this with plain hot rice along with rasam or sambar or even khatti dal makes a good combo.
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