15 Jul 2011

Squash Sandwich with Brown Rice and Soya Mince

        Wow... guess where I am.... in India. Yes, I landed yesterday evening in my home town after 26 hr journey with the cool breeze so welcoming but I could feel the warmth enveloping around me. Actually 20hr journey became 26 hrs because of flight delay...!!!!

        It was so refreshing and nostalgic to return to the place which holds so much value in my life. The funny thing I just visited the place 2 months ago , even then I feel so at home when I stepped on my home soil.

        The smell , the sight and the sounds of the moving traffic, roadside eateries , overflowing bus stands, flickering traffic signals , my mom's "rasam saadham" .... Oh! everything is so wonderful.

         My daughter just shrieked with joy when she saw my parents and ran to them inspite of the long journey. The sight of my parents [all teary and joyous] with my daughter smiling and kissing them ... it was all worth the long journey:)

         I am still a bit jet lagged but can't stay away from my blog, can I ? I shrieked in joy which made my mom jump when I saw the comment from the "SpicyTasty " team that I am the winner of the "Quick and Easy Recipe Mela"... I just don't have any words to express my joy.

          I am so happy guys... my profound thanks to Arthi, Nithu and Shriya of the Spicy Tasty team who have done such a wonderful job of having this beautiful event. They are so generous to award me with this cool badge.

Do check out the event here:  Spicy Tasty.com : Quick and Easy Recipe Mela
Check out the announcement of the winner:  Winners - Quick and Easy Recipe Mela

          My dear friends, if  you have not visited their lovely space please do now.... U won't be disappointed :) Awesome collection of recipes and delicious posts... everytime I visit their space , my jaw just drops open looking at the recipes which are very unique and decadent and I always come back feeling hungry :)

         Thanks guys once again... I am lost for words to express my joy :))

         Coming to the recipe, this is a very healthy delicious dinner recipe with the the opportunity to have loads of variations.... The ingredients are at war with each other to prove their health benefits ..... The right one for the tired body....

          I love butternut squash but instead of making it into stir fry or soup, I thought it would be very nice to have it sliced and grilled :)

         The actual filling for this butternut sandwich is brown rice and soya mince. It is so chewy and spicy, provides such a contrast of flavour and texture to the squash.

For the filling:
Brown rice: 50 gms.
Soya mince: 50 gms.
Onion [medium]: 1.
Garlic pods: 5-6
Tomato [medium]:1.
Dried Italian herbs: 1 tsp.
Vegetable stock cube: 1
Hot water: 500ml.
Oil:1 tsp

1.Soak the soya mince in 150ml of hot water in a bowl for 15 minutes.
2.In a microwave safe bowl add the brown rice and 200ml of hot water. Cook in microwave high until just done which would take 12-15 minutes.
3.Slice the garlic pods and onions into thin slices.

4.Heat oil in a non stick pan. Add the onions and garlic and fry till golden.
5.Add the herbs and sliced tomato and fry for 2 minutes.
6.Add the soaked soya mince [along with the water], cooked brown rice and the vegetable stock cube. Mix everything.
7.Add 100 ml of hot water and simmer in low flame until all the water is absorbed.

Keep warm.

Note:The filling can be made out of plain brown rice or soya mince. Paneer/tofu/chicken/prawn/boiled egg can be added to the filling to make it more nutritious.

Grilled butternut squash:
Butternut squash :1.
Oil: 1 tsp.
Salt: to taste.

1.Peel the squash [preferably the longitudinal portion] and slice into 1/2 cm thick slices.
2.Steam or parboil them for 5-6 minutes.
3.Heat a griddle pan and brush with the oil.
4.Place the slices on the grill. Sprinkle with salt and for 5-6 minutes on each side. 

Keep warm.

To assemble: Serves 2
Small cucumber:1
Red bell pepper: 1
Brown rice soya filling: 1 cup.
Grilled squash slices: 4
Lemon juice: 2tsp
Salt/pepper: to taste
Chives [optional]: to garnish.

1.Place a slice on the serving plate.
2.Fill a small cup with the filling and invert it on the slice.
3.Tap on the cup gently and lift the cup.
4.Place another slice on the filling.
5.Slice the cucumber and pepper into thin slices. Toss with lemon juice,salt and pepper.
6.Garnish the squash sandwiches with chives.

Serve warm along with salad.

Note: Reduce the amount of water added and make a dry filling. Serve it as main along with sliced grilled squash slices and salad as sides. The remaining squash [cook and uncooked] can be converted into soup or stir fry. Squash can be replaced with potato/tomato/pumpkin/ whole grain bread etc.
Sending this to Serve it Grilled happening in Kirthi's Kitchen , "Healing Foods - Whole Grains" happening in Briciole , an event by Siri , "Cook it Healthy - Proteinicious" by Shobha.


Scribbled by Reva


Loveandcalories said...

This looks Fantabulous!! Lovely clicks as well!!

Rekha shoban said...

wow!!excellent...nice click!

Red Chillies said...

Have a great time with your parents in India! The joy seeing granparents with kids is certainly a blessing. Congrats on the win as well.

This is a totally new dish to me, wonderful pictures!

Ramya said...

That looks fantastic!! Hope u have a great vacation in India:-)

Unknown said...

Have a great time with your parents in India..Wow!!!!! very healthy sandwich. Nice presentation.

Indian Khana said...

Very interesting and looks fab

Suman Singh said...

Have a wonderful time with your loved ones..enjoy your visit and have fun!
This sandwich sounds totally new to me but looks healthy and delicious!

CinnamonNChillies said...

This is a fabulous sandwich! Very different!

Vimitha Durai said...

Welcome back... That sandwich looks so delicious and filling... Nice idea...

Plateful said...

Congrats on your win, I know how it feels to be so lucky. That reminds me, finally received my giveaway- thank you.The book's brilliant, I'm totally in love and can't wait to start cooking those awesome recipes, seriously!

Anyways, you have great fun at home. I'll be traveling soon too. Oh btw, loved your styling, clicks and this new recipe as well :)

Unknown said...

you rock dear....with healthy food and wonderful clicks...love it!!

KrithisKitchen said...

Super cool idea!!
Thanks for sending to the Grilled event..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Have a wonderful time with your parents dear. This is a very innovative looking delicious sandwich. Loved it.

Hamaree Rasoi

Suja Manoj said...

Super idea and super clicks,have a fun filled vacation..

chef and her kitchen said...

That looks delicious n yumm..such a nice n healthy idea

Sangeetha M said...

Congrats on your win...this recipe is very innovative,healthy n interesting one...pictures were too good..enjoy your vacation n have fun :)

Mélange said...

Superb and healthy idea of sandwich and brown rice..Complete meal I must say..Fantabulous clicks yaa..

Hey,So,have a great time with your parents ! ENjoy!

Amritha Kalyani said...

Congrats on ur victory! Lovely pics as always. Very healthy food. love it. Enjoy ur vacation!

Sobha Shyam said...

Congrats dear for being the winner..very interesting recipe, looks simply great, thanks for linking it to my event :)..have a great time with ur loved ones :)

Cooking Foodie said...

This is a unique idea...

Shanavi said...

very innovative, love th eplatting, presentations and the colours u've played with..Sooper

divya said...

WOW!!! This is absolutely tempting & yummy!!!

Binys Recipes said...

congrats to u dear...well deserved one....the recipe is awesome and the presentation very professional....appreciate ur work...

Akila said...

wow what a amazing clicks.... simply superb...

I do not like brown rice... but after seeing your pictures, i feel like giving a try.....

love to follow you...

Dish Name Starts with I

Vardhini said...

Congrats on the win. Have a wonderful time in India. This recipe is new and looks so delicious Reva.

Event: Fast food not Fat food

Sravs said...

Congrats dear Keep Rocking!!and enjoy ur vacation to full extend with ur loved ones :)

very interesting recipe !! well presented !!

Ongoing Event - CC-Roti Pachadi/Chutney

schmetterlingwords said...

This is very different and interesting recipe. Your clicks are awesome. The contrast between the orange colored squash and the green chives makes it very beautiful. I'm sure it tastes wonderful as well :-)

Unknown said...

Wow looks so delicious...beautiful clicks as well :)

arthi said...

this is very innovative..love the sandwich and the clicks too :)

Yasmin said...

This looks sooooooo yummy!!!! sorry i haven't responded in a while but my computer has been playing up and i can't write comments :(

i will try this!


Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks so delicious, enjoy your vacation.

Denny said...

Very innovative recipe. Thanks for sending it to 'Serve it Grilled'

Simona said...

A long journey, for sure. Very nice photos accompanying your recipe: I am a big fan of butternut squash, so this dish strikes a chord. Thank you so much for contributing it to Healing Foods.

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