Attention all Tofu Lovers ! DSB is here to bring a little Tofu filled fun into the Kitchen accompanied with Indian Naans to create a Naan Sandwich which is a great fusion of the classic Indian Thali with the popular Sandwiches/wraps. For people who don’t like Tofu much, this dish may just turn out to be the one to convert you into an absolute Lover. Read on.
This is my first Guest post and i am completely psyched ! Meeting new people and discovering new things always make me happy. I keep looking for ways to indulge in conversations with people from all over the world. I think it is probably the best way to discover new places, people and their culture – while sitting under the comforts of your home :)Blogging has been a great companion to me in this regard. Through this, i have met some wonderful people from all walks of life who share the same passion as i do, for food.
My most recent fellow blogger friend – Shruti is one such person. Author of her blog, CookingwithSJ, she has a simple and elegant way of presenting her humble cooking and love for all things food. Her amazing food photographs speaks out volume and create an instant connection with the viewer … that is how i got smitten 🙂 We have been around the fb circle for a while, loving each other’s work but it was just a recent while ago that we interacted one to one. Residing thousands of miles away from me in Australia, i found an instant connection with her! During the talk she asked me if i would like to do a guest post on her blog and a big smile grew on my face. Like a happy kid, i agreed and created a recipe which i think is reflective of my style of cooking – Fusion cooking with an International Palate. As happy as i am to find a friend in Shruti, I look forward to some collaboration with her and celebrate food together ! Thanks Shruti 🙂
Now, back to some cooking.. shall we? I am sort of newbie to Tofu in terms of my experimentation with this humble and giving ingredient. Why i call Tofu humble? Well i think as oppose to various ingredients with a certain character and personality,Tofu is clearly more giving and adaptable. Seen in a plethora of Vegan recipes as a substitute for ricotta/cottage cheese and even mayo, tofu finds its way to sneak in protein in any dish, be it savory or sweet. Not much of an Indian cottage cheese (Paneer) person, i started experimenting with Tofu a while back and since then it has never failed in impressing me.
Usually i end up underplaying Tofu in my dishes but this time, i played it big and am so glad i did ! These Naan sandwiches made me relook at Tofu in a whole new light 🙂 This is a simple, quick and healthy meal which is protein rich and is an interesting amalgamation of Indian Naan and Sabzi concept with Sandwiches which are handy and tiffin friendly. Easy to prepare and fun to eat, this dish is great to conceal all the healthy ingredients in a Naan sandwich for picky eaters. Try it, you will fall in love with it!
Tofu Pepper Naan Sandwich
Tofu Pepper Naan Sandwich
- 4 Naans
- Oil for brushing on top of Naans for Grilling
- 50 gms Cheddar/ Mozzarella cheese, grated
- 100 gms Tofu (Firm/ Extra Firm), grated . You can also use cottage cheese, ricotta or feta cheese if you like though tofu will be most healthy
- 1 cup julienne Bell peppers – Red/Orange/ Yellow/ Green
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 inch ginger, finely grated
- 1-2 green chillies, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh coriander, chopped
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Panini Maker for grilling
We will begin with preparing the filling.
- For this, take a pan, pour oil to it and heat it up.
- Next, add in the cumin seeds and let it splutter and release its flavours. Now, add in the bell peppers, ginger, garlic and green chilies. Mix well and saute on high flame for a couple of minutes.
- Next, add in the grated tofu, garam masala, salt and pepper and mix well. Let it saute for a minute and then shut the flame.
- Now, remove the filling from the pan and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add in the chopped coriander and mix well. Let the mixture cool down a bit. The filling is ready.
Assembling and making the Naan Sandwich
- Begin with pre-heating the panini maker and keep it ready.
- Now, for assembling the Naan sandwiches, take one Naan and cut it in half (across the width). The 2 portions will form the base and the top of the Naan sandwich.
- Now, sprinkle some grated cheese on the base of 1 portion and then spread a generous amount of filling on top of the cheese. Next, finish the filling with another sprinkle of grated cheese on top and then gently place the other half of the Naan and press tightly.
- Now, slight oil the base of the panini maker with an oil spray or a few drops of oil and then place the Naan Sandwich on it. Grill this for about 2-3 minutes (depending on the charr you like on the Naan. Also the cheese should melt and stick the filling with the portions of the Naan. Tofu Pepper Naan Sandwich is ready.
- The filling should ideally be cooled down before using between the Naan. Hot filling will make the Naan soggy faster
- U can also use Pita pockets for this recipe, specially when you plan to make ahead and carry
- Make sure that the cheese melts while grilling so that it binds the filling with the Naan.
These Naan sandwiches are so delicious and comforting. It has the taste and the health, all sandwiched together into a comforting and amazing meal. Serve it with the mint-coriander chutney or try a new route and give it a go with sichuan sauce or a soothing tzatziki.
If u like sandwiches and Wraps the way i do, why not give a try to these recipes too :
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