Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Baked Beans on Toast

My girlfriend once asked me what we were having for dinner that night. "Baked Beans on Toast" I replied. I swear she threw up a little in her mouth. Naturally, she thought I was referring to the British version which, unless you're from there, doesn't sound that tempting. I, however, was referring to the Indian version. Like any other food, we just took it, spiced it up and voila — Baked Beans on toast, Indian style. I had my first Baked Beans on Toast at Darshan on Prabhat Rd which is pretty much a pizza on sliced bread with spicy bean paste instead of marinara sauce and finely chopped toppings. It's delicious!

4 slices Sourdough Bread
1 can Black Beans drained
1 cup Green Gorbanzo beans (optional)
1 Capsicum (Green Bell Pepper) finely chopped
1 Onion finely chopped
1 Tomato finely chopped
1 cup Cheddar Cheese shredded
1/2 cup Cilantro
4 tsp Green Chutney
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Adobo All Purpose Seasoning

Heat olive oil in a wok and saute gorbanzo and black beans with Adobo spice till dry.
Place the slices of bread on a pizza stone or baking pan.
Apply green chutney generously to all slices
Apply a layer of the bean mixture
Add cilantro, onion, capsicum and tomato as toppings
Finish the topping with Cheddar cheese.
Heat oven to 350ยบ F
Place the pizza stone on the centre rack
Allow to bake till the cheese is melted and has brown patches on it.

Serve Hot!