It has been a pretty hectic week in our household, what with parent teacher conferences, school, extra curricular activities and work! Working in a much globally connected world is good and bad! Good because you get to socially connect with anyone, anywhere at anytime…and bad because then you have to work at all odd hours to accomodate multiple timezones 😦 And all that translates to -Take outs and Quick fix dinners 🙂
Here are a couple of quick fix dinners that have been cooking at my home this past week:
Grilled Veggie Sandwiches
This is a version of what I learnt from my Delhi/Noida days. Noida is popular for the little “Sandwich/Maggi Noodle” Roadside carts that is typically located outside office or college buildings. I have not seen these little carts/roadside vendors in any other part of india. On a cold Delhi winter day, a hot veggie sandwich or a plate of spicy hot maggi noodles with plenty of vegetables is divine. Just standing by the carts watching the “Maggi waala Bhaiya” (translating to “Brother who makes Maggi” in Hindi 🙂 ) make these yummy sandwiches, I soon picked up the recipe and tried it at home. My family loved it and ever since, it has been a regular on our dinner menu!
For the sandwiches:
2 cups of Mixed Vegetables – I use shredded cabbage, grated carrots, chopped tomatoes, chopped bell pepper/capsicum, chopped onions.
Green Chutney – Combine a handful of Mint leaves, Spinach leaves, Cilantro, 1/2 a tomato, 1 small onion, 1 small Garlic(optional), green chillies, ginger and salt to taste. Blend into a smooth paste and keep aside. This green chutney stores in the refrigerator for atleast 1 week.
In a pan, heat 2 tbsp oil. On high heat, add the chopped veggies all together. Stir fry on high for 2 minutes. Add salt to taste, pepper to taste and 1/2 tsp of the above green chutney. Mix well. Stir fry for another minute. Turn off the stove and keep aside.
To assemble: Take 2 slices of bread (I use honey wheat, you may use a bread of your choice). Spread green chutney on the insides. Place 1 tbsp of stir fried veggies on one slice. Sprinkle with grated cheese (optional). Cover with the other slice and grill the sandwich using a panini press/sandwich maker. Alternatively, you can grill on a hot griddle or tava. Grill both sides until golden brown. You may use butter to grill, it will make the sandwich tastier 😉
I just realized that we buy and go through a lot of Avocadoes at home! Typically we use it in smoothies or sandwiches, but ever so often we make fresh guacamole at home and that is so delicious. Very simple and easy to make.
Combine the inside of a whole Avocado with 1/2 a chopped tomato, 1 small garlic (optional), 1 small chopped onion, cilantro, 1 chopped green chilli, salt to taste and some lemon juice. Using a mortar and pestle combine all of the ingredients into a thick paste that is coarsely mashed together. Alternatively you can use a food prrocessor and pulse all of the ingredients together. Remove into a serving bowl and serve fresh with chips on the side.
Sandwiches, Chips and Guacamole – A wholesome, delicious combination for a weekday dinner!
Diya’s Delicious Spicy Vegetable Maggi Noodles
My daughter Diya is turning out to be an amazing cook. Just the other day when I was too tired she offered to make us spicy vegetable maggi for dinner. Even though I helped her some in cutting and chopping up the vegetables, she pretty much did it all on her own! So here you go..Diya’s special recipe for an Indian Favourite.. Masala Maggi 🙂
1. Chop veggies of your choice. She used Onions, Green chillies, Tomatoes, Bell Pepper and Potatoes (we did not have an carrots or green beans at home).
2. In a pan, heat some oil. Add the chopped onions and green chillies and saute.
3. Add the remaining veggies and saute
4. Add 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp Sambar powder, salt to taste and some garam masala powder
5. Saute until well blended
6. Add 3 cups of water and cook the veggies for a few minutes
7. Add the Maggi Seasoning and allow to boil for a minute or two
9. Garnish with Chopped Cilantro
Happy Weekend Folks!