My friend, Sarina Jain (creator and founder of Masala Dance and Fitness and the Masala Bhangra Workout) is an effervescent globe-trotting personality. She’s been featured on 2 million cereal boxes, was on a launch show for Dr. Oz, and now has her own couture collection. But the best thing about Sarina is that she likes to eat almost as much as she likes to dance. She’s always coming up with neat culinary ideas so I asked her to show us how to make her famous Sooji Sandwiches and Cilantro Chutney (Hara Dhania ki Chutney). Maybe she didn’t create the idea, but her recipe is no doubt the best. The sandwiches are healthy, tasty, and best when shared with a friend! This recipe will yield enough batter for 15-20 pieces of bread. And you know something she did create, the most kick-butt workout ever! So once you’ve eaten your fill of sooji sandwiches, visit Sarina at MasalaDance.com. Ingredients
15-20 pieces of sliced bread with crusts cut off (white or whole grain sourdough)
1 cup yogurt
1 cup sooji or semolina
1/8tsp baking soda
(your choice of veggies, here are our suggestions):
½ cup peas
½ cup corn kernals
1 cup cilantro leaves chopped
1 small thai green chili diced
2 carrots grated
1 tomato diced
½ medium red onion diced Spices
½ tsp toasted cumin powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp mustard seeds
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix yogurt and semolina with mixing spoon
2. Add in all veggies and gently mix
3. Stir in salt and baking soda Sandwich Prep
1. Spread batter on one side of bread
2. Repeat with remaining slices Cook
1. Heat sauté pan (or other flat surfaced low-sided pan), on medium-hi
2. Add oil
3. Once oil is warm, add ¼ tsp mustard seeds
4. Once you hear them pop, lay your sandwich, batter side down, onto the pan
5. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 3-5 minutes
6. Flip over and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes
7. Repeat if necessary
8. Serve with chutney (or ketchup) and enjoy!!
Spotlight on Sarina Q. What drives you to make your current venture such a major part of your life?
A. My students! All those people who believe in Masala Bhangra®. They drive me to keep going! (I am always thinking of my dad though with everything I do.) Q. What is the single most important element of success?
A. Believing in yourself! Q. If you could give yourself a piece of advice 10 years ago, what would it be?
A. Slow and steady wins the race!