Tomato and Soya Masala Panini Sandwich ( And the Lunchbox Skirmish continues... )

Everyone loves sandwiches. You just need to find the 'One' that suits your palate. Till then it is like fighting your way ( and diminishing your bank balance in the process ) through endless tubes of red lipsticks before you zero in on that one elusive shade and can truly claim 'One woman One Red'. But jokes apart, your chances of finding the perfect lipstick are far better than bumping into Prince charming or a damsel in distress (quite a few guys still harbor that fantasy, don't they ?).

But the real reason why I love sandwiches is the fact that they are so neat and equally easy to prepare. I can have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner and sometimes to quell those stray hunger pangs that strike in-between meals. For each one, I just modify the stuffing keeping the meal requirements in mind. For example, I prefer to have egg slices and cheese when I make them for brekkie. Lunch time calls for something like grilled chicken and salad veggies. And so on. This 'Tomato and Soya Masala Panini Sandwich' is one of my mealtime staples, especially on the days when I avoid meat and dairy. 

Most kids (especially the older lot) would enjoy this sandwich in their lunchbox. One can also add some cheese spread or cheese slices or even hung curd to clinch the deal with them.

Read on for the recipe - 


















Preparation Time - 30 mins

Ingredients -
  • 6 Bread slices
  • 1 large Tomato ( cut into slices )
  • 1 medium onion ( cut into slices )
  • any other vegetable of your choice 
  • 1 cup soya masala 
  • 3 tsp mayonniase
  • 3 tsp ketchup
  • dash of pepper
  • dash of salt
  • butter for greasing the plates of the sandwich maker
For the soya masala -

  • 1 cup soya chunks
  • 1 medium potato
  • 1/2 of a medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 2 pinch garam masala
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp chopped cilantro

Preparation - Cook the soya chunks and potato in a pressure cooker for 1-2 whistles.

Allow steam to escape. Open lid, take out the soya chunks, squeeze them and rinse 2-3 times in clear water.

Squeeze out all the water from the soya chunks, put in a mixing bowl and mash to a coarse paste. Peel the potato, mash and add to the same mixing bowl.

Cooking - Heat 1 tsp oil in pan. Add the chopped onion and ginger garlic paste. Saute for a while till the raw smell goes off.

Add the soya and potato paste along with salt and chili powder. Mix everything together and cook for 4-5 mins.

Finally add the garam masala and chopped cilantro. Mix and remove from the flame. Let it come down to room temperature.

Assembly - Take a bread slice. Layer it with mayonnaise. Them put about 1/3rd of the soya masala on the bread.

Top it with tomato, onion and any other vegetable slices that you prefer. Sprinkle some salt and pepper, and close the sandwich with another bread slice.

Grease the plates with some butter.

Place the sandwiches and grill them to a light brown.

Serve with some tomato ketchup.















One can eat it right away or even pack for lunch/brunch.

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