Thanks to our insatiable appetite for fast food, many a times we succumb to the marketing gimmicks of the food industry and find ourselves lost in the serpentine queue at the drive-thru. I hesitate to say that time is a factor, only because I believe that one can make time for something one loves to do, irrespective of what the 'pundits' say ;-).
Today I want to share with you the humble 'Malai Toast', a simple and a quick breakfast/snack. I'm known to savor this with some soup or a milk shake depending on the weather to make it a complete meal. Nothing too fancy, but a filling and a tasty snack nonetheless. Sometimes there is a need to indulge in simple flavors and this definitely fits the bill. The combination of sooji(cream of wheat), onion, tomatoes, green chilli, coriander leaves and malai(cream) makes it a snack which is hard to resist. I do replace the malai with buttermilk to make it lighter. You can use any kind of bread as per your liking, somehow white bread lets the flavors of the other ingredients shine through, I feel. But by all means, go ahead any use your favorite kind of bread.
2tbsp sooji/rava (cream of wheat)
3-4 tbsp malai OR buttermilk (I use thick buttermilk)
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 tomato chopped
2 green chili finely chopped (alter as per taste)
1tbsp chopped coriander leaves
salt & pepper as per taste
Mix all ingredients to a thick batter. It is important to make sure that the batter is not runny(see pic) and sticks well on the bread. Spread a thin layer of the batter on the bread. Heat a griddle, add a tsp oil and put the bread on it, batter side down. Cover and cook on medium for 2 minutes. Take off the cover and let crisp for another minute. Flip and cook for a minute. (Please do not try to move the bread around on the griddle when cooking, or you will end up with batter stuck all over your griddle. Once the side is cooked it can be flipped quite easily.)
Slice into triangles or bite size squares("for the kid in you") and serve with a dollop of ketchup or any chutney of your choice. You can refer to my Misal post for the green chutney recipe.