If you are a regular reader, you might know that I am part of Bread Bakers group and we bake a bread every month on a theme selected by the host. This month it is Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories. And her theme for this month is root vegetables. We can bake any bread using any of the root vegetables like onions, shallots, carrots, ginger, turnips, radishes or potatoes. As I did a potato roll last month, I was looking for some other vegetable to be used. There is one recipe which is so famous among the BM group and it is Korean Onion Bread. Varada posted it first and Srivalli and Pavani also posted it. Even I wanted to try it. I loved Valli’s version of adding coloured bell peppers. And for the cheese, I used paneer instead of mozarella in the original recipe.
For the third recipe for cooking on tawa theme, I was looking for one more bread recipe as I had some slices of leftover bread loaf. This recipe from Manjula’s Kitchen did sound amazing and I had all the ingredients at hand. And also it was very simple to make. I made it as an evening snack for Sruti. She loved it so much when I served it along with tomato ketchup.
For the second day for cooking on tawa, I made this absolutely delicious bread pizza. I made a loaf of bread and it was in the fridge waiting to be used up. I used it to make this. The bread itself was so buttery and soft (recipe coming next month) and when made into this pizza, it tasted amazing. I never thought it would be great, but the combination of paneer, boiled potato and cheese slice over the toasted crispy bread slice with the pizza sauce and ketchup was awesome. I was over the moon when I tasted it. And also I made just three slices, one for each.
For this month’s Blogging Marathon, for the first week I am doing dishes which are cooked on tawa. Tawa is a very important part of an Indian kitchen. Most of the flat breads are cooked on tawa and it is an integral part of my kitchen. But I wanted to make three dishes which are not normally made on tawa. I have made Tawa Pulao earlier and so I skipped doing a variation of it.
For the final day of mini bites, here is one more recipe with bread. My mom used to make this bread pakora what we called as bread bajji after seeing it in a cookery show. Green chutney and sweet chutney we use for chats are spread on slices of breads, they are stacked, dipped in bajji batter and deep fried. Mostly it is so large, that you can’t even finish one. Some times we used to slice it into triangles or four squares to make them smaller. But it was one of the tastiest snack my mom made.
For the second day of mini bites, I again made some with bread slices. Bread and cheese are match made in heaven. It may be any cheese the pairing is so wonderful. Yesterday it was mozzarella and today is our Indian cheese paneer. Paneer combined with some Indian spices and bread makes this a delicious appetizer. Serve it with some spicy sauce and you will win so many hearts.
This week in Blogging Marathon, I have chosen mini bites as the theme. Any snack when consumed in lesser quantity is better. And to make sure that you consume lesser amount, it is better to make them smaller in size. By this way you will be making less and also consuming less. And they are also super cute. When I was thinking of small bites to be featured here, I had a pack of sandwich bread and there were seven slices of them. I made three types of snacks using up all the slices and we had a filling dinner that day with some leftovers which we relished the next day. Yes, what I made for snack filled us for the whole night. These also makes a great snack for sudden guests, if yo have bread at home.
After the three flat breads, I am here with a new theme for my next week. I am doing a month long blogging marathon – Cooking Carnival with my BM buddies and I have chosen to do a theme for a week. So five themes for five weeks. To know about the themes I have chosen for this BM, take a look at my introduction post. This week is going to be an awesome collection of chat recipes. Chat is nothing but street food from Northern part of India. There are so many chat shops here in Madurai and the dishes we get are most common like pani puri, masal puri, bhel puri, papdi chats, pav bhaji and samosa and cutlet chats. But there are more which are not available here. They have one gravy made with white chickpeas and they use it for all the chats like masal puri, cutlet chat and samosa chat. So when it comes to chat, we don’t have too many options. But I have managed to make so many chats at home. Do take a look at my chat page to learn more. Even though I try to make a chat whenever I learn about it, there are so many left for me try out. Recently I have started watching YouTube videos of Indian street food to learn more about them. This week I will be cooking from the new chats I learnt through YouTube.
For the second day of bread less sandwiches, I made another simple yet very tasty appetizer / chat. My daughter loves any type of chat. She loves the flavour of the chat masala so much. When I was asking her about any bread free sandwich ideas, her first thought was potatoes. Even I had potatoes in mind, so I agreed with her idea immediately. Combining both her love for potatoes and chat, I came up with this aloo chat sandwich. And I am happy to say that she just loved it.
We have arrived at the final week of this month’s Blogging Marathon. The theme I chose for this week is quite interesting. I hoped that the theme Sandwiches without bread will bring out the creative side of me. Sandwich is a common word which means a dish which has two or more components usually one which wraps or covers the other from top and bottom. The most common sandwich is made with any type of bread. But there are so many varieties of sandwich available without the use of bread. Right from cakes, cookies and crackers, lettuce leaves, cabbage leaves, vegetables or any meat can be used for sandwiching. The option is endless. So here I present you my first dish Caprese Salad Sandwich which is a twist to the classical caprese salad.