Saturday, June 30, 2007

Kidney beans Sandwich

This recipe is a result of my experimentations .... Kidney beans is one of the favorite foods of my hubby and so I thought of using it in a new way . I have taken the basic recipe from Mexican recipes using refried beans. Breakfast is usually a hurried affair for most of us rushing to catch the bus to office , getting the kids ready for school ..and doing hundreds of other things .... the beauty of this recipe is that you can make the filling and store it in the fridge ...then in the morning all you need to do is to make the sandwich and grill it ...
Well enough rambling about my reasons for loving it is the recipe for all those who might want to try it :-)

Boiled and mashed Kidney beans /Rajma - 1 cup
1 Medium sized onion - finely chopped
1 Medium sized tomato - finely chopped
3-4 pods of garlic - finely diced
1/4 inch Ginger - finely diced
Green chillies - 2-3 (depending on taste)
Salt - to taste
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp.
Asafoetida/ Hing powder - a pinch
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp.
Oil - 2 tb. sp.
Water - 1/2 cup
Mozarella cheese - Grated - 1/2 cup
Bread slices - 6-8

The procedure :-

In a pan heat up the oil . Once the oil is hot add the asafoetida , then add the chopped garlic and ginger followed by the onion and green chillies. Sautee till the onion is translucent , then add the tomato . Cook on a medium flame till the tomato is well cooked and mixed with the rest of the ingredients , then add the red chilli powder , salt . Then once the oil starts separating from the mix in the pan add the mashed kidney beans and mix well . Then add the water and cover the pan .Let it simmer at low flame . This allows the various flavours to blend together and make a wonderfully creamy mixture . Then after about 3-4 minutes add the garam masala and then recover the pan . Cook till the ingredients have mixed well and then remove from flame.

Then apply this mixture evenly over a slice of bread , spread a layer of mozzarella cheese and cover with another bread slice . Apply a little oil over the outer surface of the bread slices and grill the sandwich . This will melt the mozarella cheese. Once well grilled , cut the sandwich diagonally or serve as it is ...

A healthy and nutritious breakfast is ready . :-)