Toasted Hummus and Veggie Sandwich

Hummus, hung curd and veggie sandwich

 

“Mamma! My friend’s mom makes sandwiches for him almost everyday. I too want a sandwich tomorrow after school“. I was a tad disappointed that my son didn’t approve of the ever-appealing aloo paratha I had made for him that day. Instead it was a sandwich that he craved for.

It’s interesting to see how food habits of a child are influenced by his peers. Earlier he never had any demands on the food front and making him eat was a task. Now, cooking a variety of dishes for him, especially for his after-school snack is a big task! 😀

So with hummus and garlicky hung-curd dip sitting in the fridge, I decided to make this quick snack for him today:

 

Recipe:

Whole wheat bread slices – as required

Hummus  ( I used home-made hummus) – as required

Garlic Dip  ( I used Wingreens farms’ hung-curd & garlic dip bought from Nature’s Basket) – as required

Finely chopped onions and capsicum – as required

Thin Tomato slices – as required

Thin Cucumber slices – as required

Fresh, grated mozzarella cheese or processed cheese works fine as well. ( I prefer fresh cheese) – as required

Coarsely crushed pepper powder – to sprinkle as per taste

Garlic bread seasoning – to sprinkle as per taste (optional)

Salt- to sprinkle as per taste

Method:

Spread a spoonful of hummus and the hung-curd dip on one bread slice. Arrange the onions and capsicum on it. Next, arrange the cucumber and tomato slices on it. Season it with salt, pepper powder and garlic bread seasoning. Grate cheese on top of it and cover it with the other bread slice and press it slightly. Toast it in a sandwich grill or on a heated tava with some weight on top like a chakla or a polpat (the roti-making platform) for a nice, crusted sandwich 🙂

Enjoy the healthy goodness!

Note: Also, feel free to experiment with the veggies; however, cucumber goes very well with hummus and curd – so try and incorporate it.

 

Mediterranean pizza

A good after-school snack for kids with the goodness of hummus, vegetables and cheese! Not only pretty but yummy too. My son comes home from school and smells around saying -“something nice is baking in the oven!” I am a bit apprehensive if he would like this twist in the pizza with hummus and olives in it…and he loves it!

Here is the recipe from a happy mom:

Hummus:

Chickpeas (kabuli chana) – 1 cup. To be soaked overnight and cooked soft

A dash of lemon juice – as per your liking

Thick curd – 4-5 tbsp

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

Red chilli-garlic paste (the one used in bhel puri) – 2-3 tsp (as per your liking)

Jeera powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Method:

Add all the above ingredients in a mixer and grind it smooth. The hummus  should be smooth and of this consistency:

Hummus

Ingredients for the pizza:

  1. Hummus – to apply on the pita bread as the base sauce
  2. Pita breads – 6 in number. I used the ready-made ones
  3. Juliennes of red, yellow and green capsicum –  1-1.5 cup
  4. Sliced onions – 1/3 cup
  5. Black pitted olives, sliced
  6. Grated mozzarella cheese (Amul, Milky Mist) – around 2 cups
  7. Sesame seeds – to sprinkle on the pizza ( I did not use it)
  8. Garlic bread seasoning OR oregano powder
  9. Red chilli flakes

Assembling the pizza:

Spread the hummus on the pita breads in generous quantities. Top it with veggies, onions and olives. Add the grated cheese, again in generous quantities. Sprinkle the seasoning, chilli flakes and sesame seeds on the top. Bake it in the oven for around 15 minutes at 180 C till the cheese melts and starts changing colour a bit. Towards the end, broil/grill it for a couple of minutes.

 

Enjoy!