Saturday, May 21, 2011

Khus Khus (Poppy seeds) Onion Toast - for MAITRI

I am very excited to be a part of MAITRI a wonderful event created for bloggers in USA by Priya and Reshmi. I am paired with Priya who not only sent me Khus Khus as the secret ingredient but also the Crochet Doily made by one of her teenage patients who sells them in the local farmers market. You can see the Doily in the picture under the coffee mug. Thank you Priya for this and do let the girl know that it is amazing. My 5 year old now wants to learn how to make them too :) Isn't that inspiring?

As part of MAITRI, I get to create a dish which should include the secret ingredient.

Personally, I love Khus Khus (poppy seeds) for its nutty flavor. I use it in a lot of curries instead of Coconut. When I came to know what my secret ingredient is, my mind went wild with all these ideas and then I decided that in what ever I create, Khus Khus has to be the STAR ingredient. Following with my theme of simple, quick and easy to make, the first thing that came to my mind is, Khus Khus- Onion toast. My favourite bakery snack from Bangalore, India :) Just the smell of this makes me feel all nostalgic. So nostalgic, that I am leaving to India with my daughter tomorrow. Really...I'm not kidding!!

  • Olive oil - 2 table spoons
  • Khus Khus (Poppy seeds) - 2 tea spoons
  • Onion - 1 medium chopped fine
  • Tomato - 1 small chopped fine
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tea spoon
  • Coriander powder - 1 tea spoon
  • Cumin powder - 1 tea spoon
  • Chili powder - 1 tea spoon (add per taste)
  • Salt - 1 tea spoon (add per taste)
  • Cilantro - 2 table spoons chopped fine
  • Bread - 6 medium size slices toasted

To a pan on medium heat, add the oil and let it heat.  Then, add the Khus Khus and let it splutter.  Add Onions and saute until translucent.  Add tomatoes and saute for 3-4 minutes until it softens.  Add all the other ingredients except Chili powder and mix well.  Saute for 3-4 minutes.  Take some aside for the non spicy version.  Add Chili powder and mix in well. Take the pan off the heat.  You can put some of this amazingly fragrant and tasty mixture to the toast.  You can have it for breakfast or as a snack with your evening tea.