Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bombay Style Sandwich

When comparing all the roadside food available on the streets of Mumbai, I think sandwich is the only option, which stands out as quick and healthy snack. Everything else is either fried or full of potatoes. Sandwich can be very boring, if you like eating spicy food, but if you can find a bhaiya (vendor) who makes tasty sandwich chutney, good chaat masala, you can enjoy it everyday without complaining.

As mentioned above, the key to making a good sandwich is having fresh and tasty chutney to spread on the bread. Click here for the recipe.

Here is the recipe for making Bombay Style Sandwich

Bread Slices (White slice preferable for better taste),
Butter at Room Temperature,
Sandwich Chaat Masala, (You can use any other chaat masala if you want), Recipe Follows,
Sandwich Chutney,
2 Medium Potatoes, Boiled and Cut into Thick Round Slices
2 Medium Tomatoes Cut into Thin Round Slices,
1 Medium Indian Cucumber, or Pickling Cucumber, Cut Into Thin Slices,
1 Medium Beet, Boiled, and Cut into Thin Round Slices,
1 Small Onion, Cut into Thin Round Slices

Method for Assembling a Sandwich:
When you buy bread at the store, try to look for Sandwich bread. This bread is a little bigger in size, which allows you to spread all veggies uniformly on them. If you can’t find sandwich bread, then any type of sliced bread will work.

Stack 3-4 bread slices on each other. Remove the outer brown crust from all sides, but running a knife thru the breads. (This step is optional. I don’t remove the sides, but the vendors in India do remove them. You don’t need to throw them away. Instead you can make bread upma out of them. I will post a recipe soon.)

Spread half teaspoon of butter on one side of the slices, and place them butter side up on a flat surface. Now spread half teaspoon of the chutney (or per taste), on the buttered sides of the bread slices. Arrange a layer of the potatos on one of the bread slices. Sprinkle the sandwich masala over the potatoes. Now arrange a layer of beet and onion slices respectively over the potatoes. Sprinkle the masala again. At the end, arrange the tomato slices and cucumber slices respectively. Sprinkle the chaat masala again. Place another bread slice with sandwich and chutney side facing the veggies. Press very gently to uniformly spread the veggies apart. Depending on the size of the bread, cut it into 6 to 8 pieces. Serve with ketchup, and chutney on side.

Variation: For all you cheese lovers, grate some Amul Cheese, and sprinkle it over the sandwich before serving.

Ingredients for Making the Sandwich Masala:
¼ Cup Cumin Seeds,
1 Tsp Cloves (Laung / Lavang)
1 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tsp Black Peppercorns
2 Tsp Fennel Seeds
2.5 Tsp Back Salt (Sanchal)
1 Tsp Dried Mango Powder (Amchur)


Dry roast the cumin seeds in a frying pan on low flame until a mild aroma leaves the seeds. Make sure to stir the seeds to heat them evenly. Let it cool. Combine the rest of the ingredients and grind to a fine powder. Store it in an airtight container and use as required.

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