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June 9, 2007

Mushroom and Capsicum on Toast

If there ever was a breakfast number that I could call my very own, this would have to be it. I have always loved cookbooks and I treat Tarla Dalal as my foster mother. I've learnt as much from her as I have from Amma. Though I have never met her, I think I may love her almost as much as I love Amma for teaching me so much that I know.

One of the books of Tarla Dalal's that we've owned for a long time (I can't remember which) has a recipe for Chilli Cheese Toast. I tried this and we all loved it. I decided to experiment a little bit with the dish and slowly added ingredients of my own. I make it as a special breakfast dish on weekends and when I have someone visiting. My cousin, Priyakka, who doesn't eat capsicum has no option but to eat them when I make this. I chop the veggies so fine that if she started to pick the pieces, she'd be eating the dish for dinner.

This morning, I decided to make this for several reasons.

1. It is a Saturday.
2. I had a lot of left over vegetables.
3. My husband, S, is back after a week long trip and I wanted to make something nice.
4. I wanted to send in my signature breakfast dish to Trupti at The Spice Who Loved Me for WBB # 12 : Spice it Up!

Ingredients:

1/2 each of Red, Yellow and Green Capsicum, finely chopped
1/4 cup Mushrooms, finely chopped
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
3 pods of Garlic, finely chopped
1/4 tsp each of Basil and Parsley
1/4 tsp Chilli Flakes
1 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp Flour
3/4 cup Milk
1-2 cubes or slices of Cheese, chopped or grated
Salt to taste
6-8 slices of Toast



Melt the butter in a pan and add the chopped garlic and the onions and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the chopped capsicum and fry for a few more minutes. (This looked so colourful that I had to take a picture!)


Add the mushrooms and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the parsley, basil and chilli flakes. Add the flour to the vegetable mixture and pur the milk into this after the flour has fried for 2-3 minutes. Add the cheese and salt and mix well till the mixture thickens.



Spread this on Toast and enjoy it on a weekend morning. You can also spread this on bread and grill it for a few minutes till it browns. This spread can also be used as a stuffing for grilled sandwiches. Or you can just put some on top of Monaco biscuits and make it yummy finger food.

21 comments:

Asha said...

LOL @ yout foster mother!
I have at aleast 10 books fron TD too.Breakfast looks good Raaga.Beautiful color.Enjoy:)

Richa said...

breakfast looks yum, this is my fav too, i also add corn! wish i cud just pick it up right now :)

trupti said...

A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

;)

Raaga said...

Yeah Asha... I keep buying her books and visiting her site.

Richa: I thought of corn last morning too, I don't usually add it... but since my yellow capsicum was bright enough, I decided it was enough.

Trupti: I wanted it to be special!! I usually just put green capsicum and green chilli... made it colourful with more herbs this time.

Thanks all of you. With such support, I will be a regular :)

Arundathi said...

hi raaga - chilli cheese toast from TD is a favorite of mine and my husband's too. I've never actually tried putting other stuff because I love this so much - but chilli flakes, corn and mushrooms sound awesome. gonna try it kandippa

Taste of Mysore said...

hi raaga, really liked your recipe. pics are colorful too.

Raaga said...

@Arundathi: I should go back and try the original sometime... tomorrow maybe :)

@ToM: Even I found the dish so colourful that I had to take pictures :) Thanks :)

Sharmi said...

That looks very beautiful and tasty. will try it sometime. the crackers are good for parties right?

Raaga said...

@Sharmi: Thanks. Yes, they'll be a super duper hit at parties :)

Srivalli said...

Hi Raaga, you have a nice blog here...and this recipe is so colourful...very nice..

trupti said...

Send as many entries you like!!!

Sorry for the delayed reply, things have become busy for me lately....

:)

trupti

Vcuisine said...

A nice entry Raaga. Tks for visiting my blog. Will keep visiting here. Viji

Raaga said...

@Srivalli: Thanks :)

@Trupti: If I manage to make it in time, I will send it out :)

@Viji:I'm sure you'll find interesting stuff here. Keep visiting.

Coffee said...

AAH!!!!! I can eat this on and on and on...... thats is so awesome!!!! Very delicious breakfast!!!! :) Like richa said.... corn would be good too. :)

Raaga said...

@Coffee:My mom adds carrot as well sometimes. Variety is definitely the spice of life!

Taste of Mysore said...

Hi Raaga, I tried this spread for my morning brkfast, it was yummm... .......

Raaga said...

@ToM: This is great news. :) I am glad you enjoyed it.

Priyanka said...

Hi raaga, first time on your blog. love the recipe and agree about TD. i own a couple of her boooks too.

pedatha.com said...

Dear Raaga,
Glad you sent us this link to our post aout Tarlaji...her recipes are really a treasure. I really liked your Trilcolor picture of veggies...very nice.

Nithya said...

Hi Raaga,

Been a great fan of your blog for a while... but this is the first dish I tried :P. Turned out yummy... was praised for this tasty breakfast today :) Thanks for the recipe!

Raaga said...

Nithya: Glad you liked it :)