It was Sunday morning. Katli was up earlier than his usual time. Surprisingly he was in a great mood when he woke up. He brushed his teeth, washed his face and drank his milk. Everything was perfect like a beautiful musical composition. I finished nursing Kulfi and she was sleeping peacefully in her cosy bouncer which I placed next to the day bed. It was freaking cold and we had the heater on. Katli and myself cuddled into the new Christmas fleece which we bought from Macy’s last week. I look forward to weekends as everything is slow and relaxed at home. Katli is three years old. He talks with innocence. He cracks me up with his ideas and its so heart warming to hear him speak
sentences almost a sentence. I am loving the way he explains why the sky is so high or sings his rhymes or share his stories from school.
As I stroked his forehead and asked what he wanted for breakfast, he gave his typical answers. “I want pasta.. pasta..pasta” and I gave back my typical reply ” You should learn to enjoy eating Dosa, Idly, Upma, Rice, Pasta, Roti, everything”. He nods with his twinkling eyes and sparkling smile. I suggested to make bread sandwich that day. I assured that he can help me fix it for everyone. He was excited. He loves cooking and we walked to the kitchen to make our Sunday breakfast with lots of love and laughter. As our conversation unfolded about the new kid in his class, his delicate hands worked its way around the kitchen island. I arranged the ingredients and he yelled that is paneer, this is spinach. He paused after staring at a glob of mashed potato and asked “What’s that?”. It’s potato masala. I explained that its cooked with all nice spices and flavoring. He went “Okay! Is it spicy?”. I said “No! Lets get started before Kulfi wakes up”.
we he talked and talked, I asked him to layer the potato, paneer and spinach over the whole wheat bread. I grilled it over pipping hot stove top skillet. We sat at the dining table, he on his favorite chair and me to next him. We ate the perfectly grilled bread which tasted perfectly crunchy and gooey. The crispy brown bread complemented so well with hearty potatoes, healthy spinach and cheesy paneer. Life is beautiful, I told him. As expected he aped whatever I said with a smile. “Yes, amma! You are beautiful”.
BREAD SANDWICH WITH PANEER AND POTATO FILLING
- 4 whole wheat bread
- 1/4 cup baby spinach, washed and dried
- 1/4 cup paneer or mozarella or any cheese of your choice, finely grated
- Ketchup to taste
For the potato filling:
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 2 shallots or little red onion
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste
- 1/4 cup potato, cooked and mashed
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- Pinch of garam masala
- Salt to taste
- Heat oil. Once hot, add mustard seeds and let it pop. Then add shallots or onions and saute for a minute. Throw in the ginger and mashed potato. Mix well to combine, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle cumin powder and garam masala. Add salt to taste. Set aside.
- Take a slice of bread and place over the chopping board or a plate.
- Smear generous amount of the above made potato mash.
- Layer them with baby spinach and place paneer or any cheese after that. Squeeze out little ketchup. Cover with another slice of bread.
- Spray little oil over the hot grill or skillet. Grill over a pannini maker or simple stovetop skillet until the bread turns golden. Carefully cook them to get beautiful grill marks.