242. spinach paneer corn sandwich

March 20, 2013mayurisjikoni
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spinach and paneer rule the day

What would we do without those nifty sandwich makers? Combine a few vegetables, add meat or paneer or fish or anything, stuff it between two slices of bread and hey presto a quick meal is on the table. A few days ago our mama mboga who comes to our compound brought some very fresh palak (spinach). Instead of the usual vegetable I decided to make some sandwiches. I miss the spinach and corn sandwiches that are sold practically in all the coffee places in India. So had to make my own with a few additions. Kids will love these sandwiches as they are filled with corn and paneer (cottage cheese) and how much of the spinach can they really pick out?

Makes 12 triangles

2to 2½ cups chopped spinach (palak)
½ cup finely chopped onion
½ cup cooked sweet corn or white corn
½ cup tiny cubes of paneer (cottage cheese)
1 tsp ginger paste
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 to 2 green chillis finely chopped or 1 tsp paste
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp salt
½ tsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

12 slices of white or brown bread
butter to spread on the bread slices

  1. Wash the spinach leaves. Chop it and let it dry on a kitchen towel.
  2. Heat oil in a wide pan over medium heat.
  3. When it is hot, add cumin seeds. As soon as the seeds begin to brown, add onions.
  4. Stir fry the onions till they are soft and light pink. Add chopped garlic and stir fry for a few seconds.
  5. Add ginger and chillis and mix well.
  6. Add paneer and corn and stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Take the pan off the heat. Add sugar and the spinach.
  8. Mix well and keep it on the side till required.
  9. When the mixture is cool, add salt and lemon juice and mix well.
  10. Butter the slices of bread lightly.
  11. Place a slice of bread with buttered side down, on the sandwich maker.
  12. Take about 2 tbsp or so of the filling and spread it on the bread slice.
  13. Cover with slice of  bread with buttered side facing up.
  14. Close the lid of the sandwich maker and let the sandwich cook till it is golden brown.
  15. Serve with tomato sauce or your favourite chutney.
Tips :
  • Add cinnamon and clove powder to the filling if you want.
  • Can add  cooked beans to the filling.
  • For a non veg version add chicken, fish or meat instead of paneer.
  • Add cheddar cheese instead of paneer.
  •  To prevent the mixture from becoming watery, do not over cook the spinach and add salt when the mixture is cool. 
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