Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, No doubt, but then that doesn't mean, all other meals are less significant. What we are, depends on what we eat and that depends upon how well you eat your lunch, snacks, Dinner along with the Breakfast.
It's easy to whip out healthy lunch or dinner since it calls for various portions of food from different food groups like dairy, proteins, minerals etc. and Indian Meal is known for its wonderful combination of fibre, calcium, proteins, vitamins, iron etc, since a typical Indian meal consists of Dal/Legumes, Rice, Rotis/chapatis, Raita, Green vegetables etc, in one single meal.
But...yeah but its not about Lunch/Dinner recipes today..its about Snacks/Tiffins. We, the Team of Beyond Curries are trying to bring to you some Snacking options, Indian way ! Its always good to have something better to snack upon, than chips/cookies/ biscuits, right?
Snacks is all about the food that we need/crave between meals. It could be for a kid returning from school in evening, asking for something to munch till dinner is ready, or it could be for a working woman, who is on her way to home after a hectic day in office, to pep her energy for the upcoming chores back home. Snacks could be for those partying kids or teenagers, who just want to enjoy the company of friends at home, along with good food. Snacks could be for those guests who are enjoying a visit at your home, and need to be served something, till the Lunch/Dinner is ready. Snacks could be for those magical moments that call for small celebrations like the first rain of the season which brings on a craving for some hot, spicy snacks...Psssst - don't Bajjis (pakoda) or Samosa with tea sounds tempting at such times?
Ok , enough of drifting now, let's come to the snacks of the day..umm..guilty pleasure I know, but Fried Bread Rolls with stuffed vegetables aren't a bad option if you use brown bread instead of white. What say, huh?
Recipe: Bread Rolls (Bread rolls stuffed with Vegetables)
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Shelf Life: These are at their crispy best when consumed immediately
Recipe Level: Easy
Spice Level: Medium
2 Medium sized potatoes
4-5 French Beans
Handful of shelled peas(Fresh or frozen, both will do)
Salt as per taste
1-2 Green chillies (Adjust as per heat of chillies and your requirement)
1/4 tsp or less Turmeric powder(optional)
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/4 tsp Garam masala powder
Few generous pinches of Amchoor powder
1 tsp of crushed ginger garlic(or paste of it..about 4 garlic cloves and 1 inch piece of Ginger)
Juice of Half a Lemon (increase the quantity if not using Amchoor)
Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing
6 Slices of bread (Brown or white both will do)
1 Tsp oil to saute the vegetables
Oil for frying
- Boil /pressure cook the potatoes . Shell the peas, peel and chop the carrot into tiny pieces. Chop the french beans too.
- If using fresh peas, add these to boiling water in a pan , after few seconds, add carrot and french beans pieces too. Cook till peas are soft.If using frozen peas, then first cook carrot and French beans and add frozen peas just before switching off the gas. Drain and set aside.(Reserve the liquid for another meal or simply let it cool and use it to dip your bread for roll, later) .
- Now peel the potatoes and chop or mash them . Add the boiled veggies and keep aside
- In a pan or Kadai, add crushed ginger garlic, saute till change in colour, add all the dry masalas, salt, green chillies and give it a stir for a while.
- Add potatoes and vegetables and salt and give it a nice mix.
- Finally, put off the gas, add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves. Let the stuffing cool down a bit.
- Now take a bowl, put the reserved liquid (one left after boiling veggies) making sure it is not at all hot Or else you can simply use water, to which some salt, red chilly powder and 1 tsp of Lemon juice is added.
- Dip a slice of bread in the liquid, squeeze it gently in between your palms, taking care so as not to crumble it. Place some stuffing (do not over stuff ) in the center and roll the bread over it giving it an oval or oblong shape, taking care that the stuffing is not peeking out. Patch it up with some wet piece of another slice in case the stuffing is coming out.
- Deep fry the rolls one by one, frying it on high to medium flame. Do not lessen the flame or the bread will soak more of oil.Fry till nice crisp golden brown crust is seen.
- Drain out excess oil by placing the rolls on kitchen towel. Serve hot with Mint coriander chutney or Ketchup.
If deep frying is taboo in your kitchen, go ahead by stuffing the mixture in between two slices of bread and roast it on griddle or MW it to make a spicy, filling and healthy sandwich.