There are times when all my daughter wants is a grilled cheese sandwich, you know the melty, gooey types. Here are my problems with the typical grilled sandwich
- where are the veggies?
- Where is the taste? Why is it so bland?
- How will it sustain me for 4 hours while being so high in calories?
Nobody wants to cook multiple dishes for different family members. Here’s a twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich that you can make for the adults and the older kids – Chana Masala Salad Grilled Sandwich
Best of all, you don’t need any fancy ingredients. You should have all the items in the pantry and refrigerator – Canned chickpeas, chaat Masala, finely chopped veggies– onion, tomatoes, coriander, mozzarella cheese (can use paneer, but mozzarella has the stringy consistency that kids love) and nutritional yeast (optional).
Adding veggies, herbs and beans to your sandwich adds bulk without adding excess calories. Chaat masala gives a nice tangy, spicy kick to the sandwich. The tang in chaat masala comes from the amchur (dried mango powder), which pairs better with the chickpeas compared to Garam Masala.
Nutritional Yeast is available in specialty grocery stores. It has a nice, cheesy flavor and an excellent source of vitamins (especially the elusive B-12 for vegetarians and vegans).
Raw vegetables are an excellent source of fiber and keep you full for longer than cooked veggies. So, stop the Indian urge to cook everything to saucy consistency. The raw veggies also give crunch and texture to the sandwich.
- Canned chickpeas – 1
- Chaat Masala – 1 tsp
- Finely chopped – onion, tomatoes, coriander
- Mozzarella cheese (can use paneer, but mozzarella has the stringy consistency that kids love)
- Nutritional Yeast (optional) – 1 tsp
- Lemon juice – juice of ¼ lemon
- Make grown-up hummus by blending chick peas, chaat masala and salt in a food processor or coffee grinder.
- Make kids hummus with chick peas, nutritional yeast, salt and pinch of lemon juice
- Layer the hummus, cut veggies, chopped coriander and shredded cheese on the bread. Close the sandwich and place it on the Panini maker.
- Wait 5 excruciating minutes and serve.
Busy Mom tip
Assembling and grilling each sandwich to crisp levels takes about 5 minutes each. Sandwiches taste best warm to hot, which means you can’t make it too early either. So, this would best be a weekend recipe where you have time to hover near the Panini press and serve the family these sandwiches.
You can also pair it with a fruit smoothie to satisfy the tiny space in the belly that craves something else after eating these sandwiches.