After vada pav and pav bhaji the street food that I completely love and find irresistible is Bombay Sandwich. These sandwiches are sold in every nook and corner of Mumbai, near offices, colleges, shopping malls –oh I said everywhere-dint I? The thing is Mumbai is always hot and humid and one cannot have fried snacks like vada pav, samosa or pav bhaji; When heat waves are in full swing and sweat has snapped all your energy. Thus you tend to look for cold snacks – like chilled water pani puri, shakes, gola, bhel puri etc.
Bombay sandwiches are also cold and raw-making it perfect for a hot sunny day. Lavishly buttered white bread and sandwiched between them are the thin slices of boiled potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, onion rings, and spicy mint chutney. All the vegetables layers are tossed with chaat massala. Finally the sandwich is chopped into 6 pieces and each one of it is served with extra drops of chutney and tomato ketchup for more zing and kick.
Ladies, for authentic taste please do not use brown bread, seeded bread-use plain simple white bread. Do not be stingy while spreading butter, I have tried it with no or less butter and trust me it’s of no use. Think positive, think about the goodness of raw vegetables you will be indulging in, think about peppery chutney and totally overlook the calories of butter and white bread ;-). Bombay sandwich is the perfect balance of taste- spicy, tangy, sweet, crunchy.....yumm....No one can eat just one.
Ingredients (for 2 sandwiches)
4 slices of white bread
1 boiled potato
1 small cucumber
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons green chutney (see notes)
1/2 tablespoon chaat massala
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup (optional)
Chop tomato, cucumber, onion and potato into thin rings.
Spread 1 tablespoon of butter on each bread slice.
Apply 1 teaspoon on green chutney on each slice.
Arrange vegetable rings on 2 slices of bread and sprinkle chaat massala after every layered vegetable.
Cover the vegetable slices with other bread slices.
Cut into desired shapes and serve with drops of tomato ketchup or chutney.
You can use green chutney, mint chilli chutney or coriander chutney in this recipe. However mint chutney will give you authentic Mumbai taste.
You can also add rings of beetroot in this sandwich.
Do not avoid chaat massala.
Chop into triangles or squares.
Serve with chips on side.
Serve these mini sandwiches on kids’ party or any get together.
Perfect for picnics and luchbox.