Indian flavors meet panini sandwiches with delicious results. Naan is slightly puffy Indian-style flatbread. Other substantial flatbreads may be substituted, but avoid super-thin tortillas and lavash, which won’t be sturdy enough to contain the filling. Major Grey’s chutney, available in the condiment or international section of the supermarket, adds moisture, sweetness, and spice.
Tip:If you don’t have a panini or sandwich press, you can use a nonstick grill pan or skillet. Put a heavy pan on top of the sandwiches as they cook to press them, and flip once.
Heat a panini or sandwich press according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (Alternatively, heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat.)
While the press is heating, combine the cheese and cilantro in a small bowl and stir until well blended. Spread the chutney on one half of each of the naan breads. Top with the turkey. Spoon the cheese mixture over the turkey. Fold the naan in half to cover the sandwich filling. Combine the melted butter and cumin; brush on both sides of the sandwiches.
Put the sandwiches on the press, pull the top down, and cook until browned and crisp, 3 to 6 minutes, depending on how hot your machine is. (If using a grill pan, put a heavy pan on top of the sandwiches and cook, turning the sandwiches over once.) Carefully remove from the press and serve.
For a salad with complementary flavors, try Spinach Salad with Apple, Dried Apricots & Pappadam.
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