Growing up in India, Chilli Cheese Toast was served often at “tea time”, when we would have a snack along with a cup of hot tea at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Cheese toasts originally were deep-fried – needless to say they were delicious! No one thought about calories back then or about all that fat we were consuming!
As time went by, a healthier version was created – lighter but as flavorful and quick to prepare. The toasts are perfect for lunch on a cold day along with a salad or soup, or served as an appetizer.
4 slices of firm whole wheat bread
2 cups finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons finely cut onions
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
1-2 finely chopped green chillies
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder (or a mustard spread)
Place the bread in the oven, on broil, to brown one side of the bread.
Mix the remaining ingredients to a smooth paste.
Apply the cheese spread to the side of the bread which was not toasted.
Place under the broiler until light brown.
Cut into quarters or in half.