August 31, 2006

Light Dinners - Sprouts Sandwiches

I like to incorporate sprouts into meals as often as possible and am always on the lookout for different recipes using them, since the usual curries can get kind of boring. I came across this recipe for sprouts sandwiches on one such 'search'.
I haven't really tried a lot of Tarla Dalal's recipes for some reason, but this one sounded too good to pass up. Luckily my hunch was right - the sandwiches were just delicious. Maybe it was the onion sauteed in butter, or the pav bhaji masala but it all added up to something you'd eat at your favorite snack joint in India. Now if only I could get a Thums Up and the background score of a bustling Bombay on the side, I'd be right at home :-)

I am sure any masala can be used in place of the recommended pav bhaji, but it actually gives the filling that 'street snack' taste we love so much. I reduced the spices and tomatoes from the original recipe and added some alfalfa sprouts for a crunch.
The sandwiches will make a great kiddie treat, brunch or as they did for me, a light solo dinner when the other half is away.

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GRILLED SPROUTS SANDWICHES
(makes 4)
For the sandwiches
8 bread slices
4 cheese slices
butter
cooking spray
For the filling
1 cup green gram sprouts (moong)
a handful of alfalfa sprouts, or your choice of mixed sprouts
2 small potatoes, boiled and mashed
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp pav bhaji masala
1 tsp coriander-cumin (dhania-jeera) powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
a pinch of turmeric powder
1 medium size tomato, finely chopped
finely chopped cilantro
1-2 tablespoons butter
salt to taste

Cook the moong sprouts in enough water until tender.
Heat butter in a pan. Add onion and saute till it turns pink. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for another minute.
Add spices - pav bhaji, coriander-cumin powder, turmeric and red chilli. Add tomatoes and salt and cook till the mixture becomes thick.
Add the sprouts and potatoes and mix well. Sprinkle cilantro and keep aside.
Butter bread slices lightly. Spoon a little filling on one slice, top with cheese and make a sandwich with another slice.
Heat a sandwich grill. Grease with cooking spray or butter and grill sandwiches until well browned.
Serve immediately.

* Even if I had the sandwiches for dinner, they'd actually make a great weekend breakfast so I will send this off to Weekend Breakfast Blogging hosted by Pavani
* And the cheese makes it perfect for JFI - Milk hosted by Vineela this month.

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32 Comments:

Blogger Cooking Memoir said...

Very healthy receipe. Your blog looks nice.
~Usha

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Priya said...

I love sandwiches.I make smtg very similar to this. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

2:42 PM  
Blogger sudhav said...

Ashwini, the sandwich looks yummy..will surly try soon..thanks for the recipe..

3:41 PM  
Blogger Krithika said...

This is a great recipe. Never tried sandwich with sprouted moong. Have tried stuffing most of the leftover subzi. Thanks for sharing

6:26 PM  
Blogger Shankari said...

what a gr8 presentation & ofcourse a nutritious dinner

12:11 AM  
Blogger indianadoc said...

That's great looking as usual! Hmm...very healthy too!!

2:34 AM  
Anonymous Linda said...

Hi Ashwini -- sprouts sandwiches sound delicious. I like sprouts with melted cheese and avocado on toasted bread, too.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Monisha said...

Hi Ashwini -
The sandwiches look delicious and not to mention so very healthy !

10:12 AM  
Blogger sudha said...

Nice and healthy sandwich. Should try for my kid. Thanks for sharing.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They look really cool!! I will try them this week. Thanks for a gr8 recipe!

11:03 AM  
Anonymous shilpa said...

Looks very healthy and tasty. I think this can be given in lunchbox for not only for kids but also for adults also :). Goes very well in breakfast too... Thanks for sharing. (I am going to make them for the picnic tomorrow).

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very innovative entry for milk.i love the triangular sandwich press and teh photo looks very nice.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Vineela said...

Hi AShwini,
I left comment on this.But i couldn't see here.Anyways thanks for paricipating in JFI.
hEALTHY AND EASY RECIPE with cheese.
Vineela

12:33 PM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Hey Usha - welcome to blog world. And thanks
Priya, Krithika, Shankari, Shynee, Monisha - thanks!
Sudhav, Sudha - they are perfect for lunch boxes or snacks. Just reduce the spices though
Linda - I agree! Melted cheese and sprouts go great together
Anon - let me know how you like them
Shilpa - guaranteed, adults will love them :-D They will make a nice picnic lunch too. Enjoy!
Anon - thanks! I was very sure I wanted to stay away from desserts for JFI this time :-)
Vineela - thanks for hosting buddy. Cant wait to see the round up

12:42 PM  
Blogger Nabeela said...

those sandwiches look so good Ashwini...crunchy on the outside and a yummy center inside...

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Madhu said...

Hi Ashwini,
I love bread and bread sandwiches.I make it atleast once a week using potatos. I like the addition of pav bhaji masala and sprouted moong dal.Have to try it.
Thanks and have a nice weekend.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Neelu said...

Ashwini -very nice recipe, I havent tried grilled sand with sprouts before ... I usualy stuf leftover potato or cabage bhaji. I Will try this next time ! Thanks for sharing

10:24 AM  
Blogger Foodie's Hope said...

I like any sprouted pulses rather than just cooking the soaked ones. Very healthy and delicious. Snacks are always welcome.. Thanks!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Menu Today said...

Hi Ashwini,
Adding Pav Bhaji masala is an excellent idea.Healthy snack for kids.Thanks for sharing.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Anupama said...

Very good recipe Ash. will definitely try it out. I love sprouts too.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Saffron said...

yumm! nice combination of healthy veggies and cheese, Ashwini. Sounds like a perfect quick lunch/dinner.

cheers!

5:29 PM  
Blogger Prema Sundar said...

Very nutrritious recipe.. haven't tried sandwiches with sprouts.. good one.

12:01 AM  
Blogger Vaishali said...

Hey Ashwini,
I too have this recipe, and make it occasionally for a weekend dinner (especially because they are easier to eat while watching a movie :)). I have always left out the cheese slices, though. Thought that they would be funny once toasted.

2:14 AM  
Anonymous Archana said...

Ash,
If you wouldn't mind, i have tagged you for a meme.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Deepa Cooks said...

Hi Ashwini,

The sandwiches looks very yummy & healthy too.will give a try soon.thanks for sharing

1:36 PM  
Blogger Nabeela said...

Hey Ashwini, I was looking for the butternut squash casserole you posted a looong time ago...whatever happened to it?

2:02 AM  
Blogger Ashwini said...

Hey N sorry about that! I had saved it as draft by mistake :-)
Its back where it belongs now.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Chandrika said...

Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!

2:45 PM  
Anonymous mandira said...

Hi Ashwiini - the grilled cheese sandwich is one of my all-time favorites! Never tried adding sprouts before. Will give it a try.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Sanjana said...

Hi
Lovely idea of making the kids to eat their sprouts. Anythind in sandwich just appeals to them. So wld try this recipe to make my kids have their share of proteins from sprouts.
Have you tried sprouting kollu (horse gram):
http://www.indusladies.com/forums/16556-post159.html

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, do you have a recipe for bombay grilled sandwich or bombay club sandwich?

1:09 PM  
Anonymous LED Grow Lights said...

A idea of ​​a delicious sandwich broccoli is indeed spiffy, except for a real need for nutrition ,sure not to use any type of cancer promoting white bread, and instead use" Honey Wheat Berry Bread ". Really great recipe.

4:11 AM  

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