Monday, April 2, 2007

Malai Toast

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.

bread slices
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.


Prema Sundar said...

Oooh A good one.. Iam going to try it this week for sure. Recipe with sooji sounds interesting and I love toasts.Thanks for the recipe dear.

Anonymous said...

Sounds great & looks good too! This is on my " to make " list.Thanks Richa:-)


Sig said...

That is an interesting combo, I've never had a savory toast, this is something I'd try, thanks Richa...

Anonymous said...

Sooji toast thats something interesting. Looks crispy and nice.

Pravs said...

This looks wonderful and a healthy breakfast.

Swapna said...

"X" or "0"..I mark a "X":)..Ammaaazing recipe, Richa..Thanks for sharing

musical said...

The best one i saw in days :). Just made for me. Mujhe soup chahiye.


Bong Mom said...

Looks so pretty...the first pic is a cutie

FH said...

Great looking toast there Richa.Golden and looks so good:)

Richa said...

hi prema, MK, sig, jff

thanks for the kind words.
hope you try this toast!

Richa said...

hi pravs, swapna,

glad you liked this dish, it's so quick and tasty.
do give it a try.

Richa said...

thuadde lai toast naal tomato soup banadyangey, my pleasure! when in too generous a mood can deep fry as well he!he!

glad you liked it dear, do try it out.

yup it's golden & crunchy. am always looking for savory toast alternatives for the egg.

thanks gals!!

Sharmi said...

Hi Richa, Waw what do we have here??? really nice. I just have a doubt, can we use whipped cream to the batter instead of malai. how did you get malai? want to make these for chai so pls do let me know.


Seema Bhat said...

Those malai toasts look devine girl. Loved the recipe. Would go perfect for me with a hot cup of soup.

Richa said...

hi sharmi,
glad you liked it.
You can use thick buttermilk instead of malai, as I have mentioned in my post. I use the store bought buttermilk, but you can use any. Just make sure that the batter is not runny and follow the instructions to roast it.
Enjoy with your chai.

sra said...

Hi Richa! A different dish that you have here! Also liked your post on Daal Fry, I always wondered why they called it a fry when it was a 'gravied' dish!

Aahaar Vihaar said...

Hi richa, pictures look great. Recipe is great too, it's a must try one.

Latha said...

Hi Richa,
This is new to me. Sounds yummy. I am always looking for fresh ideas with bread. Will try this for our saturday morning breakfast! Lovely pictures... making me hungry :-)
Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog! And it is really sweet of you to offer me the spice mix for the jhaal muri! I really appreciate the thought! But i hesitate to accept only because mixes like that are so hard to find here and are precious! But promise me... when u make something with that spice mix, post a picture and let me drool over it :-)

musical said...

Richa, i have read this post again and again.....i am hungry.....i can almost feel the crunchy toast and the tang! ah.....the bliss savory toast can be at tea-time. Tomato soup ekdum sahi hai iske saath. Hune banande aan :).

Richa said...

seema, glad you liked it, do try with soup!

welcome to my blog, sra.
yeah that dalfry term is misleading to say the least.

hi AV,
do let me know when you try it

Richa said...

yes it is a good wknd breakfast & kids enjoy it as well.
you are most welcome! will surely post the jhal muri pic for you, but the offer still stands...

Richa said...

haanji musical dear,
thuannu enna pasand aaya? it's quick and sooji is the ever favorite.
ajj shammi mae dhanshaak banaya siga, parsi dish haegi.
tusi malai toast enjoy karo, with soup.

Kajal said...

Hi Richa,
I am not waiting for your invitation.I am at your home when you read this comment.
Malai Toast looks Crispy and Yummy............
I love it.
Thanks for sharing.

Vcuisine said...

This a quick and great snack. Very interesting. Good idea. Viji

Richa said...

hi kajal, you are most welcome, anytime and will make it for you.

hi viji, glad u liked it, thanks

Nivi said...

This looks interesting!...I have tried this on several occasions with Besan as the base instead of the rava, but besan at times tends to stay uncooked and is quite a put off...I'll definetly try this!

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Hey, this malai toast is very tempting!!!Will definitely try it out over the weekend and let you know!

Richa said...

thanks nivi, welcome to my blog.
do try it and let me know how you liked it.

hi ramya, glad you liked this recipe. am sure you will like it.

Anonymous said...

Amazing recipe, easy to make, very filling and versatile to take for picnics and potlucks,has very less fat and turns out just like the deep-fried version. Thanks Richa:)

TBC said...

Hi Richa,
I just wanted to tell you that I made this over the weekend . Ever since you posted it , I have made it at least 5-6 times. What a great idea for a quick snack/breakfast! Thanks for the recipe!.
Also, thank you for visiting my blog :-)