Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pita Spinach sandwich


Pita is a round bread with pockets (usually used in chawarma or other sandwich), commonly found in middle eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Thanks to all my Lebanese friends here in Ivory coast who introduced me to Lebanese cuisine. I was fascinated and wanted to try each one of them at home. I did try quite a few at home like chawarma, shish taouk, falafal, escalope de poulet, varieties of sandwich, kebe, kebabs etc. This is one healthy snack which I love to have whenever I'm hungry. Pita breads can be usually stuffed with salads, sauces, meat, chicken etc. I have made a simple spinach filling. But, its tasty and healthy as well. Here goes the recipe...

Ingredients:
Pitta bread - 1 nos

For the filling:
Chopped spinach - 1 cup
Onions - 1 nos
Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Salt for taste


Method:
Heat oil in a wok, splutter cumin seeds, add finely spiced onions and saute for 2 min. Add garlic paste and stir for a min. Add chilly powder and give a stir. Now add the finely chopped spinach (little water can be added if required), and salt. Cover and cook till the oil separates. Now the filling is ready. Take the pita bread, warm it on a pan or tawa for 30 sec on each side (not too much, as that can get hard). Cut it in to halves (I used a pair of scissors). Stuff with the filling, fold again to get layered sandwich. Enjoy the sandwich.

Note:
Can place this sandwich in a sandwich press and heat it again to get the compact shape. If you are looking for more rich sandwich then you can spread a layer of mayonnaise - garlic paste, then place the filling, can add some french fries also. I prefer to stuff some salad inside (like cucumber, parsley etc)

17 comments:

  1. Aaah, what a combo! I love pitas and spinach and this would be a sure hit with me!

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  2. first time here...yummy recipes to treat readers like me....
    Healthy sandwich .......
    Drop in sometime

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  3. wow thats cool..the spinach filling - really deliciousand healthy one..nice pita sandwich

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  4. Hi Rach, this one looks so yummy. Healthy too. Sure its a good filler. Complete meal. Carbohydrates, proteins everything is there.
    Looks very tempting. Yumm. I am feeling very hungry here.

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  5. Hi rach, how are you doing? ya reached safely on sat...Pita sandwich with spinach looks so yum, nice filling rach..

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  6. Rachna,,pita sandwich is new n sounds great with spinach dear,,,saw ur kaalam kuzhambhu my faav one too looks delicious dear...

    Rachna,,sorry dear for delay response usually on weekends i wont come near to my laptop busy with our weekend work dear. Usually me too make rava dosai with maida, rice flour n rava n buttermilk dear, never tried with urad dhal..

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  7. Hi Rach, Is that ur actual name or some short form???
    Yeh, life is very very busy for me. I have office from 8.30 to 6pm. I pack lunch for my son and husband in the morning and make dinner at night, Morning they have bread which I made during weekends. I make 2 loafs every Sunday. Yesterday I made one multi grain bread and one milk bread.
    Weekends I have cleaning work. Loads of dresses and other stuffs. Since I wear cotton churidars only, I need to wash them separately by hand.
    So saturday and sundays I don't find time to blog. Weekdays are more relaxed compared to weekends. Last 2 weeks I was busy in office too, so less blogging too.
    So which place are u from? I am from Kollam Kerala.Nice meeting u dear.
    Regarding the green lentil curry, its whole toor daal.It has A green covering on top. May be I ask my dad to get the recipe from the lady who made it.
    so when are u going back to India??

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  8. Nice idea, love it...very healthy sandwich.

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  9. Nice combo, spincah and pita Rachana.

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