Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Vegetarian Hummus Sandwich

I attended the opening of Hotel Darshan on Prabhat Road back in 1976. A huge tumbler of Mosambi Juice (sweet-lime) was only 80 Paise (2 cents) back then. It was one of the first hotels to grace Prabhat road. It had a long orange door that has to be taken apart and reassembled to open and close the restaurant. Clearly no one's considered the option of replacing it with a collapsible gate. Darshan has some really great dishes on their menu. And they have Maharashtrianized pretty much everything they have taken a stab at. Their pizzas with generous helpings of Amul® Cheese and cashews, as tasty as they are, can scrape the roof of your mouth. It's enough to make any Italian shrivel. Then there is the Good Night Milkshake. A decadent orgy of milk, cream, Chikoo, Figs and pretty much every dry fruit available locally, it will put you into a deep slumber within minutes. And if you choose to go for the special, they'd put a dollop of homemade vanilla ice cream . My girlfriend insists I make her one every night now. The other great thing about the Darshan menu is the long list of sandwiches on sliced bread. From your basic bread and butter to the complicated ribbon sandwich, it was pretty much a list of everything vegetarian that could fit between two slices of bread. And somehow they were all absolutely delicious. I recently came up with my own concoction that would make a great addition to the Darshan sandwich list.


For Hummus:
1 can of Chick Peas drained
2 Cloves of Garlic crushed and peeled
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp Sesame Seeds
1 1/2 cup Orange Juice
Salt and Pepper per taste

For Sandwich:
Sliced Multi-grain bread
1 cup Cauliflower finely chopped and sauteed in olive oil
1 Avocado thinly sliced
1 Carrot thinly sliced with a peeler
1 Tomato sliced
1 cup Baby greens
5-6 Black Olives chopped
1 cup Alfa-Alfa Sprouts

To prepare hummus cook garlic in olive oil for 2-3 minutes
In a blender add all the ingredients for the hummus along with the garlic and olive oil.
Blend the till it purees.
Place aside.
In a bowl take the sauteed cauliflower and add 1/2 cup of hummus and fold it till it is completely mixed.
Place a slice of bread on a plate
Line the bread with a single layer of the sliced carrot
Spread a generous amount of the hummus-cauliflower mixture over
Throw a few pieces of chopped olives over the spread
Add layers of tomato, avocado, and alfa alfa sprouts
Top it off with some baby greens
Sandwich it with another slice of bread
Cut diagonally and serve with potato chips