Thursday, December 31, 2009

Chutney Sandwich and a Very Happy 2010

My Wish for You in 2010

May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts.

May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.

May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!

May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy

May the problems you had, forget your home address!

In simple words ............

May 2010 be the best year of your life!!!

First of all wishing all my fellow bloggers and visitors a very happy, prosperous and safe year 2010. Above is the forward sent to me by my dear aunt Sam Akka and I thought of sharing it with you all. I have been a "happily busy" during the last few days and having a gala time with family and friends. I do have many traditional dishes like pathrado, ambat and koddel in my kitty and hopefully will find a few free moments to post those :)) Mean while I thought of posting my mom's chutney sandwich recipe. It is a recipe she picked up during our stay in Bombay. Bombay is very famous for its fast food and sandwich is one of the popular ones. This is my all time favorite breakfast and has been my favorite tiffin snacks at school and college. My mom makes fresh home made butter every few days and it really enhances the taste of the sandwich. Here is a photo of freshly prepared butter.

Coriander Chutney:

4 peas size ginger root
6-7 lasun or garlic cloves
1/2 cup grated coconut
2 handful coriander leaves (more the better!)
4 pea size piece of tamarind
1 teaspoon jeera
1-2 green chilies or as per taste
1 teaspoon sugar
salt for taste

The above ingredients may be altered to suit one's taste buds ! Grind all the ingredients into a fine & thick paste with very little water.

For the Sandwich:
Take two slices of sandwich bread. Apple butter on one side of the bread slices. Apply chutney on one slice and arrange sliced of tomato, cucumber and potato slices(optional) on the bread.

Place the other slice of bread on the first slice and cut the sandwich into two triangles. Serve immediately to avoid getting soggy.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Coriander Lassi

Last few days were spent in preparations for traveling and I am enjoying the amazing weather in Bangalore now. I am still recovering from the jet lag induced due to the 13 1/2 hour time difference in California and Bangalore time zones. Currently, I have said ta ta to my kitchen and having a great time with my parents and sister. I have few ideas in mind to try the traditional dishes with vegetables and locally available ingredients...but that will have to wait for a few days now.. I guess :)) I had a few drafts and thought of posting this lassi. I try to use a lot of coriander in my dishes as it is beneficial for overall health. We make this lassi at home during summers as my husband is a great fan of it. It is very soothing during the summer season, but due to the cold weather, we do not make this in winters. But I guess we can make it year round in India. Mint leaves can also be used to substitute coriander. I usually have this with khakra to satisfy late morning hunger pangs.

1/4 cup curd or 1 cup buttermilk
1/8 teaspoon jeera or cumin powder
salt for taste
3 tablespoon coriander leaves
1/8 teaspoon chaat masala powder or jal jeera powder or samahan powder

Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Add ice cubes if desired.