December 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Original Bombay Sandwich

I'm a fan of CHOW reciepes and loved the Pickled Radish and Sweet Butter Tea Sandwich. It reminded me of the Original Bombay Sandwich that I would enjoy as a midafternoon snack.

Original Bombay Sandwich

Good thing about sandwiches are that you can make layers of different kind of vegetables and spreads. Here I have spreads as cilantro chutney which is flavorful, made from scratch. I have layered with boiled potatoes, beets, crunchy raw onions and cucumbers, sprinkled with sandwich masala. Butter, chutney and ketchup are used as spreads. Which gives spicy, tangy and sweet taste that is unique to Bombay sandwich.

  • 8 Slices of white bread I prefer pepperidge farm bread thin slices. Remove the edges.
  • 1 Small garden cucumber cut into round pieces
  • 2 Medium firm tomatoes cut into round pieces
  • 1 Medium red onions cut into round pieces
  • 1 Boiled beet and cut into round slices
  • 2 Medium boiled potatoes cut into round slices
  • 1/2 Stick of room temperature butter
  • 5 spoons of ketchup optional
  • Small bowl of green cilantro chutney
  • Salt and Pepper or Sandwich Masala or chat Masala

Slices of vegetables and Spreads

How to Make:

  1. Apply butter on four slices. 
  2. Second layer will be chutney spread all over so it covers all the corners. 
  3. Third layer will ketchup if desired. 
  4. Cover with cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, onions and beets on top of one another.
  5. Sprinkle chat masala on in between each layer. 
  6. Cover with another slices and cut diagonally or into three pieces.

Layers of cut vegetables 


Slice As you like it

How do you enjoy your sandwich? Did you prefer raw or cooked vegetables? I am eager to try different ways of making sandwiches. Let me know in your comments!


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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Misti Dahi - Yogurt Cheesecake With Nutmeg

Misti Dahi - Yogurt cheesecake

Delicacy Sweets From West Bengal, India 

West Bengal is very famous for its delicacy sweets.  One of my favorite sweet growing up was Misti Dahi.  No need to say that was one of my love affair with yogurt, that explains it is very hard for me to be vegan completely.  Looking back this was a healthy dessert.

Healthy Alternative To Cheesecake

Misti Dahi is creamy and velvety smooth. It is very similar to a cheesecake.  I love to make MISTI DAHI as well as cheese cake without the eggs.

Usually Misti Dahi is made by boiling and reducing milk so it becomes little thick and creamy adding molasses made by dates or plain brown sugar to make it sweet. Earthenware or bakeware can be used to set the yogurt. The reason to use earthenware is because of its porous nature, which allows the water in the yogurt to be absorbed.  Earthenware in picture is courtesy of my Bengali friend Rita Ghosh.

How To Make Misti Dahi

Prep time 10 minutes
Bake time 3 hours
chill in refrigerator over night    


1 Cup sweetened condense milk 
2 Cup Greek plain yogurt
1 Tsp Rose water optional


Freshly grated nutmeg
Fresh seasonal fruit cut into small bite size pieces
Pistachio and/or saffron
5 heatproof bowls 

How to prepare:

  1. Mix the condense milk, yogurt and rose water in a bowl.
  2. Whisk till mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Divide the mixture equally into the earthen bowls.
  4. Cover the bowls with aluminum foils.
  5. Place the oven rack in middle of the oven.
  6. Heat the oven on low setting of 75 degrees.
  7. keep the bowls in the oven for 3 hours.
  8. Remove from oven and refrigerate overnight.
  9. Garnish with grated nutmeg, pistachio, or choice of your fruit. Enjoy!

Dahi with Pomegranate, yumm!

What do you think of this healthy alternative to cheesecake? Let me know in the comments below!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Instant Salad For Busy Week nights

Apple, Cucumber Mint Salad

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
cooking level very easy

1 seedless cucumber chopped
1 red apple chopped
1 red onion chopped
1 Salerno pepper seeded, chopped
1/4 tsp of roasted  crushed cumin powder
1/4 tsp of sea salt
1/4 tsp of lemon juice
Few leaves of fresh mint and cilantro chopped finely.

Toss all the ingredients in a bowl. Add seasoning stir and Instant salad is ready!

For variation carrots, radishes,  raw mango, parsnips, pomegranate seeds works well. It is quick, easy and instantly adds nutritional value to any meal. Enjoy.

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