Chilli Cheese Toast

Indians love their spice and masalas. But they also love western food, especially cheese, and have adapted to make it their own. You will find cheese parathas and naan and cheese masala dosa among other things. This is an indian version of grilled cheese sandwich which you will find in small takeouts to good restaurants.

This is my younger son’s favorite. He was in 4th grade and would visit my husband’s workplace after school. They have a cafeteria which served chilli cheese toast. He would come home and say he had chilli cheese toast. I thought my husband was taking him and realised after some time that he was going by himself and they would serve him. When my husband checked they said they knew he was his son and just billed it to my husband at the end of each month. My son had a running tab for chilli toast till he went off to college.

He still loves his chilli toast and misses the NCBS chilli toast. I decided to make it for him for old times sake. I adapted it from Ranveer Brar’s recipe. You can reduce/increase the peppers to your taste. I used the bread that I baked, but any sandwich bread works. This is really easy to make and makes a great after school snack for kids.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • 3-4 green chillies (serrano or 2 jalapenos)- increase if you would like it spicier
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic- finely chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cup grated cheese (mozzarella or monterey jack). In India, they used amul processed cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

Directions

  • In a bowl, add cheese, chillies, bell pepper, garlic, coriander leaves and 1 tbsp butter. Mix uniformly
  • Heat a griddle or a pan. Toast bread on one side
  • Remove and add 1/4th of the cheese mixture to the toasted side and spread
  • Add a little butter to the pan and place the toast, cheese side up
  • Cover with lid and let it cook till the cheese melts
  • Remove, cut into triangles and serve hot

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