Bruchetta- Indian style

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“Bruchetta” is an Italian h’orderve or Antipasto, traditionally made by topping a toasted piece of bread with a mixture of Tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper. Interestingly, it is pronounced as “Brusketta” in Italy and I had always thought it was pronounced as “Brush etta”, till I was corrected recently watching a show on the Food Network.

This is my slight spicy Indian twist to this Italian classic. Tastes wonderful and is a great starter for any meal.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Good Baguette Bread- Cut into thick slices of about an inch.
  2. Good Extra Virgin Olive oil- 2 TBSP
  3. Salt to taste
  4. 1 ripe red tomato- seeded and chopped
  5. 1/4 of a yellow bell pepper- seeded and chopped
  6. 1/4 of an orange bell pepper- seeded and chopped
  7. 2 sprigs of green onion- chopped fine
  8. A handful of Toasted Pecans or Walnults- chopped
  9. Grind together the following ingredients to make a Mint- Coriander chutney- 1 bunch mint, some coriander, 1 Jalapeno pepper, juice of 1 lime and salt to taste.
  10. Chat masala- 1 Tsp

METHOD:

Brush the slices of bread with olive oil and grill them lightly till they turn a light golden brown on both sides.

Mix the chopped tomato, bell peppers, green onions and the toasted pecans in a bowl and stir in the green mint-coriander chutney. Add the Chat masala and stir well. Adjust the salt and other spices.

Top the bread with a spoon of the tomato mixture and serve.

The reason I decided not to brush the toasted bread with the chutney, is because it makes the bread soggy. This way, the bread was crispy longer.

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