There are days, when I’m bouncy and enthusiastic, and there are days when I am just feeling like a big old sack of potatoes. But food has to be eaten, and food has to be cooked to be eaten…especially breakfast, because that’s how you start the day. I won’t go into a tirade about how we shouldn’t skip breakfast, because we all know that. So whatever the rest of the day entails, we usually try to eat a full brekkie 🙂
And because today I was bored and didn’t want to slave behind the kitchen counter, I made a quick pick-me-up breakfast, pure veg and no compromise on taste 😉
These toasties are an innovation of the French Toast (that is neither French, nor a toast), and is made with Semolina or Cream of wheat, also known as Rava and Sooji. This is also quite a common recipe, made across India for and by veg-loving people who cannot eat eggs or want to avoid eggs.
It’s a simple recipe and one that you can even make ahead of time; make the topping, or simply apply them on the bread pieces and refrigerate, ready to fry before serving. I have skipped onion and garlic in this, but you can use them for the added flavour.
Veg Malai Toasties (or Rava French Toast)
- Bread slices (Brown, white, wheat, your choice) – 10 (I cut them into little roundels, optional)
- Semolina/Rava/Sooji – 1/2 cup
- Carrots – 1/2 cup, grated
- French beans – about 1/2 cup, chopped finely
- Tomato – 1, diced finely
- Capsicum – 1/2 cup, chopped finely
- Coriander – finely chopped, also 1 cup
- Malai (or use cream if you don’t have malai) – 4 tbsp
- Salt – to taste
- Turmeric – a pinch
- Chili powder – 1/2 tsp
- Oil or ghee – for toasting/shallow frying
- Mix the chopped veggies, malai and seasonings together to form a tight batter, almost like a thick paste.
- Coat each bread slice liberally with the semolina mixture and keep aside.
- Heat a non-stick tawa or pan and rub some ghee or oil on it.
- Lay the bread slices sooji-side down on the pan and lightly roast/toast/shallow fry them for about 3 mins, flipping over and frying them on the other side for a minute or so, or until the bread have been well-toasted.
- Take out the toasties on to a plate, and serve hot with ketchup or chutney of choice.
- You can add onion and garlic if you want, gives a nice flavour.
- substitute the malai with curd if you are feeling health-conscious.
- You may even grill the toasties in the oven.
- You can saute the veggies before adding them to the sooji, if you feel like doing so.