Weeknight Cooking

Priya Krishna's Tomato-Cheese Masala Toast

April 24, 2019
1 Ratings
Photo by Ty Mecham
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • Makes 2 toasts (because that’s usually how many I eat in one sitting)
Author Notes

Tomatoes, cheese, and toasted bread are three things that obviously taste good together. The wild card ingredient in this recipe is chaat masala, the funky, salty spice blend that brings this simple tomato-cheese toast to an entirely different level. It enhances the flavor of the already umami-filled ingredients and gives the dish a level of craveability that you just have to taste to believe. This dish is for my rough days, when there’s nothing in my fridge except cheese and almost-overripe tomatoes and I want a five-minute dinner (or afternoon snack) that will still feel filling and satisfying. Also, just putting it out there: The best possible accompaniment to tomato-cheese masala toast is a glass of milk. Nothing else cuts through all that salt and keeps you refreshed between bites in quite the same way. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!!!

Excerpted from Indian-ish © 2019 by Priya Krishna with Ritu Krishna. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.Food52

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: 3 Indian-ish Toasts for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 2 slices bread, any kind (I like a very grainy bread, but this combo tastes great on truly anything)
  • 1 medium Roma tomato, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (1 ounce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chaat masala, plus more if needed
  1. Toast the bread to the desired toastiness. Evenly top each piece of toast with the tomatoes, followed by the cheese.
  2. Place the tomato-cheese toasts in a toaster oven (or under the broiler on high) and toast until the cheese has fully melted on top of the tomatoes. (Alternatively, microwave the toasts on high in 30-second intervals, until the cheese has fully melted on top of the tomatoes.)
  3. Sprinkle the toasts with the chaat masala, adding more to taste.

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1 Review

carswell August 22, 2022
I've been mixing chaat masala with some butter, slathering the toast with that, adding some mayo and sliced tomatoes this summer. Heavenly. I will have to try adding some grated cheese.