Appetizers, Sandwiches

Innovation in the Kitchen and Flat bread pocket sandwiches

One of the leadership expectations at my previous workplace was “Innovates”. As part of the tenets of “Thought Leadership”, Innovates is defined as “Generates new ideas that add value; nurtures fresh approaches and appropriate risk taking; seeks alternative points of view; approaches problems with curiosity and generates creative solutions”..

I have identified that this particular Leadership Expectation is actually an opportunity area for me. I use the word opportunity as opposed to weakness..because opportunity is more positive – it just means that there is room for growth and improvement in that opportunity today could become my strength tommorrow and that’s how I like to focus on life in general..any personality or developmental trait that is an opportunity area today could become my strength tommorrow…

So coming back to Innovate, it is quite hard to innovate or think innovation in corporate culture where you are so busy with operational tasks or challenges..but I have learnt that it is most important to innovate and strategize or we will tend to stagnate and there is no challenge to nurture your growth or personality not to mention how a corporation can stagnate where there is no Innovation..

Innovation in the kitchen is actually just needs creativity and exposure to a multitude of ingredients πŸ™‚ And blogs from all around the world serve just this purpose..keep us informed and abreast with life, habits, traditions and techniques in different parts of the world! I enjoy reading up on blogs as much as I enjoy blogging…
Well i am digressing again πŸ™‚

So it was innovation in my kitchen today..well maybe not completely.. cannot take credit for total innovation but some atleast..Being a vegetarian there are not too many options for a sandwich filling..a typical cheese, cucumber, tomato, lettuce salad is the norm..and that can get pretty boring especially when your daily lunch is a sandwich 😦

Thinking on my feet today, I gathered everything I had in my pantry to put together the Flat bread pocket sandwiches below and boy were they a hit πŸ™‚

Flatbread pockets sandwiches - Indian style ;-)
Flatbread pockets sandwiches – Indian style πŸ˜‰

I had these flat bread pockets – the kind that they make the Meditteranean sandwiches…but if you dont have these then you can use any sandwich bread/baguette/ciabatta bread you have really…

Flatbread Pockets
Flatbread Pockets

You will need:
Flat bread pockets – 4 halves (each bread breaks into 2)
Green chutney – Recipe below
CarrotΒ  – 1, Peeled and grated
Green Bell Pepper – 1 Medium, Chopped fine
Onions – 1 Medium, Chopped fine
Tomato – 1 Large, Chopped fine
Green chillies – 2, Chopped fine (optional)
Mayonnaise – 1 tsp (optional)
Heinz Tomato Ketchup/Maggi Hot and Sweet Ketchup or any ketchup of choice – 1 tsp

Potato filling of your choice – I typically boil a potato, peel, chop the boiled potato roughly and saute it in a little oil with salt, red chilli powder, garam masala and 2 tsp bread crumbs..
Or sometimes I use a frozen Aloo tikki or Aloo cutlet (Thaw the frozen cutlet and bake for 10 minutes and then tava fry for a few minutes with a few drops of oil)..
or You can use a paneer or meat filling of your choice… here’s where innovation comes into play again πŸ™‚

Today, I had at home this…

Babu's Frozen Daabeli pockets
Babu’s Frozen Daabeli pockets

It is a frozen potato/daabeli pocket sandwich.
I microwaved it for 5 minutes and then pan fried it until crispy with a few drops of oil. Cool, chop the pocket roughly and use as filling.

For garnishing:
Chopped cilantro

For Green Chutney:
1 small bunch Cilantro – Wash
1 small bunch Fresh mint leaves – Wash
1 handful spinach leaves – Wash
1 medium Onion – Peel and Chop
1 medium Tomato – Wash and Chop
5 Green chillies – Wash
1 small piece ginger – Wash and Peel
Salt to taste

Grind all of the above into a smooth paste with some water. This chutney stores for 1 week in the refrigerator and can be used as a spread on any bread/roti or even in bhel puri etc..
1. Chop all the veggies and keep aside.
2. Prepare your potato or paneer filling as mentioned above.
3. Make your Green chutney and Keep aside
4. All of you have to do now is assemble πŸ™‚
5. Inside the flat bread pocket, spread the green chutney, fill with a mixture of all the veggies, followed by the potato filling, followed by some more veggies. Drizzle a few drops of mayo and a few drops of ketchup. Garnish with chopped cilantro and sev. Serve πŸ™‚ It’s that easy!!


Again, delicious flatbread sandwiches :-)
Again, delicious flatbread sandwiches πŸ™‚