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