La Boîte, the spice boutique in Hell’s Kitchen, provides a free online newsletter with news about their products and creative recipes. A recent one for masala cheese toast by Kanchan Koya, an herbal expert with a PhD in molecular biology, conjures up an after-school snack she once enjoyed. It’s essentially a toasted sandwich: she mixes two cups of shredded cheddar (vegan cheese is an option) with a finely chopped shallot, a quarter cup of chopped coriander, a little chopped serrano chili, half a teaspoon of fine sea salt, and a tablespoon of La Boîte’s masala blend . The mixture is stacked on whole wheat bread, covered with another slice and baked, pressed in butter. The recipe is for four people, but that depends on the size of your bread. Like all La Boîte recipes, it calls for the company’s own spice blend, in this case Everyday Masala, but any other masala would suffice as well.
La Boîte Everyday Masala, laboiteny.com.