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Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Pudina Chutney – An Evening In The Seventies


Before TV took centre-stage in our lives, our weekend evenings were spent at Plaza, Rex, Lido…  especially Plaza with its fascinating wooden dance floor,  the defunct bar in the corner and  black and white photographs of Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck and Richard Burton on the walls which took us to another era.

I remember  an evening when we had  sandwiches and ice cream at a restaurant  and saw “Race with the Devil” in Plaza – a chilling film of a satanic clan pursuing a family and finally catching up with them.

We had roasted corn-on-the-cob and were on our way back  home. As the car sped through the lonely roads and stinging cold, suddenly, to my horror, the clan members seemed to close in on me in menacing silence. Only the morning sun cleared the dark images!!!

I want you to have a taste of the toasted cheese sandwich which used to be our favourite snack those lovely evenings.

Grilled cheese sandwich

Serves -3                                                           Preparation time:30 mts

Ingredients

  • Bread     :    6 Slices
  • Cheese  Cubes :    4 Grated
  • Butter :    50 gms
  • Onion :   One – cut fine
  • Green chilly:   One – chopped fine (Optional)
  • Freshly ground pepper :   1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander leaves  :     1 sprig- chopped fine
  • Salt    :     To taste

Preparation

  • Mix well 25 gms butter with grated cheese, minced onions, minced chilli, ground pepper and finely cut coriander leaves in a bowl to a smooth paste.
  • Apply the remaining  butter on one side of each of the bread slices. With buttered side out, keep the cheese paste inside the bread slices and make three sandwiches.
  • Grill the sandwiches in a sandwich toaster. alternately you can toast the sandwiches on a tawa. Serve hot with pudina chutney and /or tomato ketchup.

Pudina Chutney – Pudina Coriander / Cilantro Chutney

Ingredients

  • Pudina leaves  : One bunch
  • Coriander leaves /Cilantro: 3 sprigs
  • Garlic : 4 nos,cut
  • Small onions :  Five – cut
  • Green chilly:  One – cut
  • Fresh Grated Coconut: 1 tablespoon
  • Tamarind: Size of a gooseberry
  • Oil : One Tbs
  • Salt : To taste

Preparation

  1. Wash pudina and coriander leaves.
  2. Saute onions, garlic, green chilly till the onions are transparent.
  3. Add pudina and coriander leaves and saute for two minutes. Add salt and tamarind. Take off the heat and allow to cool.
  4. Grind along with coconut in a mixie or blender and transfer to a bowl.

Quick Tip

Beat eggs lightly when used as a thickening agent  in custards and puddings. Beat eggs well when used for making food fluffy as in cakes and omelettes.

Quick Snack

Uppuma with left over idlis

Temper urud dal,mustard, red chilli and curry leaves in a kadai. Add left over crumbled idlis  with a sprinkling of salt and saute for two minutes.

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About Paddy

When I married and came to Bangalore, it was a real ‘Pensioners’ Paradise.’ The climate was as today’s generation would say – ‘Awesome’. It was cool and pleasant throughout the year. My parents cautioned me to keep warm and have given me the loveliest Kashmir shawls, which I treasure to this day. Since I could not distinguish between rice and dal, cooking was an uphill task. I had a cook from Kerala, but the cold weather did not suit her and in a month’s time, she went back. Looking back, I have come a long way now… Cooking for me has metamorphosed from a daily routine of making edible and nutritious food for my family to an exciting journey of creativity by experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. To me, food is not only for nourishment and sustenance. Its taste and flavors take us back to our good times too. Food is nostalgia and comfort. It brings home our culture. Food is a treat and nourishment for the soul too. I dedicate this blog to my parents, who instilled in me a strong sense of ethics and discipline, and whose affection, love and support gives me strength in this journey of life. I feel the need of today’s generation, who come away from their homes and crave for home cooked food. To you too, I dedicate this blog, where I will share the recipes that I have learnt and grown to love over the years.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Pudina Chutney – An Evening In The Seventies

  1. I will definitely try this. It is one of our favourites!

    Posted by sindhu | January 23, 2012, 10:24 AM

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