Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Spicy Chole-Channa Panini/ Spicy Garbanzo Panini- A Mix of East & West

Summer this year was spent in India, had a lovely time and throughly enjoyed my stay. Every time I come back with myriad  of experiences mostly good and some that are forgettable. India I think is experiencing growing pains, I met people from both sides, one with progressive thinking, open minded, NGO's and mostly society conscious and the other extremely orthodox to the point of believing in untouchables(yes they do exist) ,close minded and with extreme narrow vision. I was beyond shocked to say the least. Progression to  me means maturity of though and action, mind and heart, you could ape the west and buy the best gear available drive the best car,but if you forget your core values such as respect for elders, tolerance for others and your thinking hasn't developed  what use is the progress of.
Can only hope and wish that people inculcate best practices of the west with the beliefs of the east.

Speaking of making the best of both worlds is where my recipe comes in play. Inspired by a dear colleague, tried out Panini with Chole. Simple, delicious, healthy and super easy to make. So here goes the recipe

Preparation time ~ 10 min
Feeds 1 person
Recipe given for one portion, expand according to your servings

Ingredients
2 whole wheat Roti/tortilla
2 tbsp fresh mint chutney
1/4 tomato cut into small cubes
1/4 cup green bell pepper/capsicum cut into small cubes
1/4 cup red onion chopped finely into small cubes
1/2 cup of greens (cilantro,mint and green onions finely chopped)
pinch of salt
pinch of chaat masala
1. Spread mint chutney generously on the roti/tortilla
2.Now spread choley/channa
3.Top generously with fresh vegetables and mixed green
4. Add a pinch of salt, sprinkle chaat masala and drizzle sweet tamarind chutney.

5.Now place the roti on the griddle/panini and place the other roti on the top and allow to cook.
6.Remove from the griddle and allow to cool for few seconds, using a knife/pizza slicer div up the Roti panini into four
7. Enjoy them hot with your choice of chutney or ketchup and a glass of cold mango lassi
Crunchiness of vegetables,sweet and spicy chutneys and the flaky roti makes for super delicious snack which can be a meal in itself
Hump day is over, looking forward to the weekend.

 
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