Who doesn’t love Indian road side food? but saying this, for me road side food consisted of of all different types of chaats, vada pavs, baraf golas and chana bateta. staying in dubai, I was so used to hygiene and healthy food, I never knew about the yummy sandwiches till after I met my husband. yes, shocking for many people but true! I had never tasted a Bombay Aloo Masala style sandwich all my life.

so yesterday’s Iftar craving was just that, Bombay Aloo (Potato) Masala Sandwich. I googled a few recipes and here’s my version of it.

Untitled-54I have made aloo (potato) sandwiches before ofcourse; i used to slice the potatoes and place them on the bread. for the road side sandwich taste, you mash them and mix all the spices in the potato mash.

One of the recipes cooked finely chopped onions and mixed in the potato mash. Since I am not a fan of onions in my sandwich, I omitted this. you can always give it a try.

Ingredients

2 potatoes, boiled and mashed

½-1 cup coriander leaves, chopped

1 green chilli, chopped

Salt to taste

Chaat masala to taste

Pepper to taste

2 tomatoes, sliced

Green chutney

Butter

1-1½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

6 slices wholemeal/white bread

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Method

1. Boil and mash 2 potatoes with a fork. Add all the spices (coriander leeaves, chaat masala, salt, pepper, chilli) and give it a good mix.

2. Spread butter on two bread slices. Spread chutney on one of the buttered slices. Next, spread the potato mash liberally and evenly. Place the tomatoes slices next and top it with generous amounts of shredded cheese (yes, I love cheese!). Place the other bread slice, buttered face downwards.

Untitled-563. Grill the sandwich on a grill or a sandwich toaster till golden brown. Spread a little butter on the toasted sandwich if you like. Serve with tomato ketchup or chutney as a dip on the side.

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Delicious, Crunchy and so easy to make. Husband loved it, fussy toddler also had about 5-6 of the dippers himself! now i take this as a sure sign that the dish is good! add a tangy sweet chilli dipping sauce and some salad and you have a really tasty lunch for yourself.

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Give this a try today. A soft chicken centre, a crunchy outer coating of breadcrumbs and parmesan, dipped in a tangy sauce! A great treat for your tastebuds!

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Ingredients

1 chicken breast fillet – approx 300 gms

Plain flour – 1/3 cup, 50 gms

Egg, beaten – 1

Breadcrumbs – 1 cup

Parmesan, grated – 1 tbsp

Olive oil – 2 tbsp

Mayonnaise – 1/3 cup

Sweet chilli sauce – 2 tsp

Lemon juice – ½ lemon

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Method

1. Cut chicken into 1cm strips. Lightly dust in flour. Dip in egg. Combine breadcrumbs and parmesan and season well. Coat chicken liberally in breadcrumb mixture.

2. Heat oil over medium heat in a large frypan. Cook crumbed chicken strips for 4-5 minutes or until cooked, turning often so they brown on all sides. Remove to a plate lined with absorbent paper.

3. Combine mayonnaise, sweet chilli sauce and a squeeze of lemon. Serve chicken with dipping sauce on the side.

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Wraps or Frankie are very popular these days. Easy and quick to make, you can also make the filling overnight and refrigerate. I have used cottage cheese but you can also use chicken instead.

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Serves 4

Ingredients

Cottage cheese – 500 gms

Onion, sliced –  50 gms

Avocado – 50 gms

Tomato – 50 gms

Capsicum green – 50 gms

Mint chutney – 100 gms

Yoghurt – 100 gms

Indian chapatti or Tortillas – 10 pcs

Method

1. Marinate cottage cheese (paneer), onion and capsicum in tandoori masala for 1 hour and cook on grill or frying pan with little oil till done.

2. Make julienne of tomato and avocado and place on chapatti or tortilla sheet.

3. Add a little yoghurt and mint chutney to the cottage cheese (paneer). place it evenly on the cut vegetables.

4. Roll and wrap the filling tightly inside the chapatti or tortilla. Cut into half and serve with chutney.

I think this is one of the best chicken dishes I have cooked. Its just delicious!

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Ingredients

Chicken bone-in/drumsticks – 1kg

Onion, chopped – 450 gm

Ginger – 40 gm

Garlic – 40gm

Tomatoes puree – 200 gm

Beaten curd – 50 gm

Oil – 150 ml

Salt – to taste

Red chilli powder – 10 gm

Coriander powder – 20 gm

Turmeric – 4 gm

Garam masala powder – 4 gm

Basting

Black pepper – ¼tsp

Cardamom (green) – ¼ tsp

Big cardamom – 2

Bay leaf – 1

Whole red chilli – 3

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Method

1. Was chicken pieces in cold running water and pat dry; keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan and add whole spices to it; allow them to crackle.

3. Add chopped onions and cook till they become golden in colour.

4. Then add garlic and ginger paste, chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder and salt. Cook for 5 minutes on slow fire.

5. Add fresh tomato puree to the mix and cook till masala is done.

6. Heat some more oil separately in a kadhai and saute chicken with salt, turmeric and red chilli powder. Cook chicken for few minutes. Add masala gravy and beaten curd then cook the chicken on slow fire for 15 minutes or till it is done. Add garam masala powder in the end and mix.

7. Serve hot with roti or naan.

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OMG how many of you have already tried this app over the weekend??! i heard about it this morning on the radio and made a mental note that i have to try it out the minute i reach home. so here i am using it, laughing at it and well as a tad bit annoyed/disappointed.

for those who don’t know about this app, Microsoft has released this new app called how-old.net. all you do is upload your pic/selfie and it analyzes faces and detects the gender and age.

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so i am having my own little half-hearted laugh as i have uploaded almost 6-7 pics and it just cant detect my face! and when it does, i am a 41 year old male!! wow talk about some major flaws in the app. i am not too surprised about B’s result as it says hes a 2 year old GIRL. i mean i am so used to him being called a girl since birth that this seems the norm now…sigh. as for M’s result, lets just say i am big time J since his is the only near-accurate result (guys usually don’t mind a few years added to their age).

IMG_7324and now for some reel life fun.

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if you still haven’t tried this app, do it now. it will surely brighten up your day with a few laughs at your own expense. but you know what they say; in the end its not your age that matters, but how well you are enjoying and living your years! so go check out this app now. and as for me, i am going to check out some gym memberships, and maybe some yoga classes, and maybe some…