But my spice loving South Asian palate doesn’t just want a grilled cheese sandwich, it wants a grilled cheese with heat. When the grill is already on, what can be better than adding some spicy, juicy, chargrilled chicken tikkas to the sandwich ?
This is how my fusion food Chicken Tikka Grilled Cheese was born.
Imagine biting into the crispy grilled bread, sinking your teeth into the warm, melting cheese and then suddenly meeting the heart of heat itself…the spicy, smokey tikka bites. I love fusion food for this very reason, it brings the best of both worlds together.
For a vegetarian version, you can replace chicken with paneer tikka using the same marinade.
For Chicken Tikka:
3 tablespoons yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 teaspoon sunflower or olive oil
This Is What You Do:
Mix all the ingredients, except chicken cubes, in an electric blender till they form a paste. Marinate chicken cubes in tikka masala paste for 1o minutes. Heat a grill or skillet on medium heat, add chicken cubes, let them sear a little bit, turn down the heat to low and cover the grill/skillet for 5-6 minutes so that the chicken is done from inside and stays moist. Keep them warm.
For Grilled Cheese:
4 cheddar cheese slices
2 medium tomatoes, sliced
1 green chilli pepper, chopped
1 onion, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil or melted butter
This Is What You Do:
On the grilled side layer sliced tomatoes,cucumbers,onions and chicken tikka pieces, green chillies and top with two cheese slices. Place the second bread slice over it, grilled side inwards. On both the slices the ungrilled sides would be outwards. Put them back on the grill, check to see if bread is brown after no more than a minute and a half. Toast till golden crisp, flip the sandwich and repeat. The second side gets done more quickly. Take it off the grill, cut into halves, with melted cheese oozing out. Serve immediately.