Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hummus Cauliflower Sandwich

In my entire time in Pune city, the only place that came close to delivering a delicious mouth-watering sandwich that could rival Marzorin, was Jaws. Anyone who has lived in Pune in the 90s can remember Jaws. If you weren’t a vegetarian, you couldn’t go to Camp without at least considering if there was a possibility of a sandwich at Jaws. Jaws was famous for being the first place in Pune that served a real grilled beef burger. It was run by a couple of fresh graduates in an old British Raj style bungalow that looked like it was once army property. The restaurant wasn’t really part of the bungalow and was situated in the verandah. The seating was on concrete benches haphazardly scattered across the dusty parking area, Western music playing on loudspeakers that clearly couldn’t handle the sound. There was a room with a table tennis table where one could play for a token fee although no one went there to play. It was all about the burgers and the best chicken roll you ever had. Great burgers, Frankies, rolls and shakes made from the simplest recipes and ingredients. Food for the young, made and sold by the young. It was the cool place to be, although nothing about the place itself was cool. The sad part about Jaws however was that they didn’t have anything in the way of vegetarian foods except for an alu Frankie and that would be a problem in a mixed group. Hanging out at Jaws has definitely been one of the childhood memories of my college days. Jaws disappeared as the guys who ran it found real careers. It was one of the best places to eat and to be in Pune and sadly, it’s a thing of the past.

1 cup Hummus (Click here for hummus recipe)
10 slices of Wheat Sourdough Bread
1 Cauliflower finely chopped
2 tbsp Olive oil
1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
Salt to taste
1 sliced tomato
Heat the oil in a pot and add black pepper to it
Once the pepper starts to splatter add cauliflower and salt
Stir and close lid
Cook for 15-20 min till the Cauliflower is soft and slightly browned on some flowerets
Allow it to cool
Take two slices of bread and apply hummus on the inner sides generously
On one of the slices add a layer of cauliflower
Top it with a couple slices of tomato
Place the other slice of bread with the hummus side inside
Press to make the sandwich firm
Serve as a snack


voodoochild said...

Fond memories of Jaws and the bands that played out in the courtyard on weekends!
Burger King down the street came a close second...glad they're still around!

Purnima said...
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Purnima said...

This is a wonderful sandwich recipe. Shall try some time. Tks for sharing..would try the chana spinach today. And brilliant styling for chana usal! Looks more westernised! :) Tks for sharing your wonderful recipes..you way of simple matki usal is now a fave in my household. My two kids having it without fuss tops it all the more! Tks yet again.
(Alphonso post has been taken off?)

Arch said...

Nice idea for a sandwich...Interesting blog, first time here...

Rachel said...

i have lovely memories of the place too.the sandwich looks delicious

Anupama said...

Hello Indrajit,
Come after a long long time to Adhi potoba. Recipes tar chhaan ahetach pan pratyek recipe barobar yenaari related goshta pan phaar chhaan aahe. I am another staunch Punekar who now lives in UK and misses so many of these landmarks that you mention. Tuzhya posts vachun chhaan vat ta.

Cristina said...

Nice sandwich i will wish it with Chocolate Covered Strawberries for my some lover!

Supriya Nair said...

wow....a sandwich with Hummus filling in it...lovely click which makes me feel like tasting the sandwich. This recipe is now bookmarked in my to-try files..Cheers...

Uma said...

I was almost in tears after I read your blog Indrajeet. I am a pucca Marathi Puneite foodie and your blog brings back great memories ,not only of mouth watering home cooked food but also of the amazing restaurants you talk about in Pune ( Jaws and Burger King-snif snif)
Will be a regular visitor of your blog for sure ( am making matki chi usal today).
More power to you.
PS: Love the name of your blog !

Anonymous said...

hey thanx for this post. It certainly made me nostalgic. Yes even i remember the friday nights at jaws when amateurish bands use to play some heavy rock. But it was fun. If I remember correctly they also had a pool table later. But yeah I miss the burger there. It was fun sitting on those benches munching your fries and see the city life pass by. Good old days.

Btn I didn’t receive your mail :(

LaserJock said...

Jaws..wow..memories come rushing back. I remember the Friday night gigs there..a la Floyd and Frampton..which was a change from the few nightclubs at the time..scuba doo,pyramids. That was back in college 14 years ago. Though I am on the other side of the planet as far as Pune goes, I still remember those days as being the best in my life.

alican said...

Hey guys I know I arrived at this post a few years late, but it brought back great memories of pune. Absolutely loved Jaws. Can anyone help me with the recipe of those legendary burgers.