Friday, July 18, 2014

Potato masala panini

Panini can be explained as a crispy grilled sandwich. If this delicious sandwich gets the fillings in Indian flavor, then it will definitely satisfy our tastebuds :) This is another recipe I got from my neighbor aunty. She calls this as Mumbai style grilled sandwich. Hubby and me absolutely love this very much. While making potato subzi for chapati, I reserve a  little for this panini or masal dosai and by this way we can save some time. Also this is a nice way to use leftover vegetable curries and also a good idea to make kids eat their vegetables:)
Also check out my capsicum panini.

sandwich bread - 6 slices
potato masala - 4 tbsp (see below for recipe)
onion - 1/4 cup
butter - 1 tsp (each)
Indian green chutney - 1/4 cup
tomato sauce - 1 tsp each sandwich

Heat the panini maker to maximum heat with the lid closed. After we see the ready button glowing, open the grill. (Read and follow the instructions carefully if it is the first time).
In the mean time place the required bread slices (3 slices) on a plate and spread 1 tbsp green chutney and few slices of onion, 1 tsp tomato sauce over the breads.
Take few more bread slices and  spread the potato masala over them. Close the green chutney covered slices with these aloo covered bread slices.

Rub a piece of butter on panini press (bottom plate) in a small area and  place the prepared sandwich.(one set at a time).
Place the lid gently (no locking) and the by the weight of the top plate the sandwich will get thin and crunchy  in one minute.
If needed apply some more butter on top of sandwich and press again gently.
Take out using a spatula, slice and serve while it is hot.
Potato masala panini is ready!

Serving suggestion:
Makes a main course meal in breakfast or dinner.
Serve with Indian chai tea or orange juice as breakfast.
I )Spicy potato masala curry:  
This is one of the best fillings I make for potato paratha, spicy masal dosai, etc. We can use the below curry as side dish for chapati too . This curry should be thick and should be spreadable. Keep this handy to amaze your loving family.

Potato masala:
Boiled potato - 3
red onion - 1/2
ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
red chilli powder - 1 tsp
cilantro - few leaves.
salt - to taste
garam masala / curry masala powder - 3/4 tsp

 Peel the boiled potatoes and mash almost finely.
Heat oil  in a wok, add fennel (sombu). As it gets red, add finely chopped onion. After the onion gets soft, add ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell goes. Add the turmeric powder, chili powder, curry masala powder and mix for 10 seconds. Then add the mashed potatoes, salt, cilantro and cook covered with handful of water for 5 minutes.
After switching off sprinkle lemon juice and keep aside.
II) Easy potato masala for filling:
Pressure cook the potatoes. Peel and mash them as finely as possible. Add salt, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, red chilly powder and chopped cilantro. Mix well and keep refrigerated.
This is the easy version to make potato fillings in any Indian recipe.

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